Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on. Your dentist should be the first person you call if you have a dental emergency.
Here are some dental emergencies when you should call an emergency dentist.
A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency that requires urgent attention. If the emergency steps are followed immediately after the tooth has been knocked out, the chances are high that the tooth can be reinserted by the dentist.
If a tooth is chipped and doesn’t hurt, this usually does not constitute a dental emergency and you can wait a few days to see the dentist. Your dentist may simply be able to smooth the chip out, or add some composite filling material to repair the tooth.
If you have a tooth that is loose or out of alignment, you should call your dentist for an emergency appointment right away. Your dentist may splint the tooth to the adjacent teeth to keep it stabilized.
Tissue Injury & Facial Pain
Any type of injury inside the mouth, such as puncture wounds, tears to the lips, cheeks, mouth and tongue, are considered tissue injuries and a dental emergency. You should get to emergency dentists as quickly as possible.
If you have a real accident where there is a considerable amount of pain or damage caused, it may be best to go to the hospital for treatment.
Dr. Paulo Pinho is an experienced emergency dentist is Sydney with 15 years in dentistry, makes oral surgery affordable without sacrificing quality or experience. He shares some dental situations when you should call an emergency dentist.