A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from a dentist. If you ever experience a dental emergency, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Even in non-emergency situations, it’s important to call your dentist immediately to avoid complications.
Types of Dental Emergencies
A tooth that falls out or is knocked out is a medical emergency. If you can find the tooth, pick it up by the top, not the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently under clear water. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, put the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or gauze. If reimplantation isn’t possible, keep the tooth moist by placing it in a small container of milk, saline solution, or saliva. Get help immediately by calling an emergency dentist.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to relieve pressure and apply cold compresses to your face to reduce swelling. Use gauze or tissue to stop any bleeding. A broken tooth can be painful, so it’s important that you see your dentist as soon as possible. If left unchecked, a broken tooth can cause further damage by exposing the dentin and nerves of the tooth.
Rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any food that may be caught between your teeth. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to help with the pain, but it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Any type of bleeding, such as after a dental procedure, can be alarming. You may be experiencing bleeding after an appointment or due to an oral injury.
Minor bleeding should go away on its own, and it’s important to avoid spitting and drinking through a straw. Use ice packs to help alleviate pain and pressure.
If the bleeding occurs after a procedure, call our office immediately as this may be the sign of an infection.
When tooth decay is left untreated, it can quickly progress into an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a swelling of the tissue around the root of the tooth, which can be caused by severe tooth decay. An abscessed tooth is not only painful, but it also leaves the tooth at risk of infection.
To learn more about our dental services, you can schedule your appointment with our Torrance dentist by calling Nishikawa Family Dentistry at (310) 543-1655 or visiting us at 3556 Torrance Boulevard, Suite C, Torrance, CA 90503.