Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is an issue involving the mouth and supporting tissues, that is of high importance to be treated by a dentist. Patients should see their dentist immediately to avoid worsening their condition.
There are many factors that cause dental emergencies. Some emergencies are due to dental trauma. Dental trauma or dental fracture includes a broken crown, broken or loose implants, and many other injuries.
While others are caused by bacterial, fungal, or viral infections to a fractured tooth.
But what is considered a dental emergency? What do you do when there is an emergency? Who are you going to call when there is one?
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
In general, a dental problem is considered an emergency if the patient is in serious pain that needs to be immediately attended to by a dentist. Also, if the patient’s mouth is bleeding and has obvious swelling, the patient is in a dental emergency and he/she needs to see the dentist immediately.
Otherwise, if the problem can wait until your dentist can see you in the next couple of days, it isn’t a dental emergency. For instance, a chipped or cracked tooth is considered an emergency if the fracture is very painful or has left sharp fragments that cause cuts inside your mouth. If the tooth is chipped but does not hurt, you can wait to see your dentist.
Some Common Dental Emergencies
Broken, chipped, or cracked tooth: A broken tooth is not something you should put off, because the longer you wait, the more you risk infection in the tooth’s pulp – which can spread to the gum and bone beneath your tooth. Call your dentist for an appointment right away to let them know your tooth broke, chipped, or cracked.
Loosened or knocked-out tooth: Loosened or knocked-out tooth are some of the urgent dental problems that require prompt attention.
Teeth are commonly loosened or knocked out when people receive a strong blow to the mouth. Sometimes previously weakened teeth are loosened by chewing.
Bitten tongue or lip: Biting down on your lip or tongue usually happens unexpectedly. You might just be chewing and you bite wrong and end up wounding yourself.
You might also bite yourself in the course of falling or another accident that presses your teeth against your lips or tongue.
First-aid measures depend on the kind and severity of the dental problem. But it is better safe than sorry. Dental emergencies should be attended promptly to avoid worsening.
When it comes to dental emergencies, Preston Supreme Dental is one step ahead of everyone. We give the quality, thoughtful dental care that we would expect for ourselves. We utilise the latest technology to make your dental care as convenient and comfortable as possible.
Same Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available!
Call us on (03) 9478 7708 or visit us at 243 Murray Road in Preston.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for NIB, CBHS and HCF
We are located across Woolworths Supermarket and beside Preston Market
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)