Any injury to teeth or gums should not be ignored and should receive immediate treatment. The sooner the emergency is treated and repaired, the less risk there is of permanent damage. More expensive and extensive treatment at a later date may also be avoided.
Dental emergencies include toothaches, broken or chipped teeth, partial or completely dislodged teeth, objects caught between teeth, broken brace wires, lost crowns or fillings, loose bands and brackets, soft-tissue injuries to the tongue, gums, lips or cheeks and abscesses.
Pain in the teeth or gums, no matter how minor, can often indicate a severe underlying condition; help from a dental expert should be sought without delay. Abscesses, which are infections occurring around the root of the tooth, are particularly serious. If left untreated, an abscess can cause damage to surrounding teeth and soft tissue and the infection can spread to other parts of the body. In rare cases, infection that spreads from a tooth can be life threatening. You should immediately contact your dentist if you have a painful pimple-like swelling on the gum. Salt water solution rinses several times a day will help draw the infection towards the surface and reduce the pain while waiting for an appointment.
If you are unsure whether or not your particular problem is a dental emergency, contact the dentist for advice. The general rule is that if it hurts, it’s an emergency. Even the smallest of injuries can damage tissue inside the teeth. Your dentist can prevent the damage caused by fractures or chips from affecting surrounding tooth tissue. When a crown or filling falls out, the tooth loses its support and can be damaged, even if you don’t have any symptoms.
Raynesway Dental Derby provides excellent treatment and advice for all dental emergencies. To reduce the risk of long-term damage, contact us today for expert advice. Check out our testimonials to see just how highly past patients rate our service.