Medical emergencies can happen to anyone, and we are already prepared for that. We follow a healthy lifestyle, have medical insurance and go for regular checkups. But do you know that your teeth are also at risk of having a dental emergency?
Here are a few possibilities of dental emergencies and how you can prevent them.
The pressure from teeth grinding, or blow on the mouth during any contact sport, may cause a fracture in a tooth. This may result in unbearable pain, swelling and sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
A cracked or fractured tooth is not easily visible. X-ray too cannot always show the cracks but they may reveal the issues in the pulp of your teeth.
If a patient is taking anticoagulants like coumadin/heparin or has Vitamin K deficiency, there are more chances of increased bleeding.
It may even apply when a patient has a bleeding disorder like hemophilia. It is, thus, very important for the patient to tell his/her medical history in depth before the treatment begins.
Our mouth is full of bacteria where there is a high risk of infection. Generally, a dentist gives antibiotics to prevent infection.
But if the patient has swelling or pus for a long time, the bleeding may continue and acute pain and infection may increase.
Tips during dental emergencies
- For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse your mouth using warm water to avoid infection.
- If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the injury site with water and apply a cold pack.
- For tooth pain, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out.
- If you have a knocked-out tooth, wash it with water. Do not rub the tooth and place in it either milk, water, saliva or Save-a-tooth solution and visit your dentist within one hour.
- Show your injury to your dentist immediately.
Tips to avoid dental emergencies
- Avoid hard foods: These foods may cause fractures in tooth or pain and results in a dental emergency.
- Wear a mouthguard: If you are playing any sport, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury.
- Maintain proper oral hygiene.
- Visit your dentist regularly to avoid further complications.