Dental emergencies usually aren't life-threatening but they can be very painful. If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, call your dentist right away. Here are some scenarios that could be a dental emergency and what to do.
There are some things you need to do before and on your way to the dentist for an emergency.
If you have a toothache
A toothache could mean that you have a cavity, your tooth is decaying, gum disease, or you are grinding your teeth
. Toothaches are generally caused by some sort of swelling. If you're able to get the swelling down, then you'll reduce your pain. Be sure to see your dentist to find out the cause of your toothache and what can be done about it.
If you have a chipped, broken, or cracked tooth
If your tooth has a small crack or chip, then you'll most likely need a filling. If it's larger then you'll most likely need a crown. If your tooth is cracked all the way through, you'll most likely need to have the tooth removed and have an implant inserted.
If one of these scenarios happens, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face. Wrap the broken or fragmented tooth in wet gauze or a wet towel, and bring it to the dentist with you.
If you have a loosened or knocked-out tooth
If the tooth becomes loosened from impact, call your dentist for further instruction. If the tooth is knocked out, then you'll likely need an implant. If action is taken right away (within the hour) then your dentist may be able to stick it back in. On your way to the dentist, gently insert the tooth back into the socket if possible. If it's not possible to re-insert the tooth, hold it under your tongue until you get to the dentist.