Most Frequent Dental Emergencies

Many top websites have conducted surveys to see what the most common dental emergencies are. The findings are not very surprising, but I intend to reprint them here for the edification of any and all who choose to read it. It may be interesting to see these emergencies classified and ranked to be able to identify a situation as an emergency. Some do not come with pain as an immediate side effect, and thus it may not seem as an emergency at all, when in reality, the situation may require immediate care. So without further ado, here they are: 

1) Losing A Filling

The most common problem that requires immediate attention is the displacement or loss of a filling. Fillings can become loose because of loss of filling material, or a problem with the bonding agents, or, which is more serious, because of loss of tooth material. The latter can happen over time, or all at once as a result of a trauma. What you should do is wash the tooth out with warm water after eating, and perhaps put a cotton ball over the cavity. This will keep the nerve from starting to become infected or inflamed, and this way it will not start to hurt. You should book an emergency appointment as soon as possible if you lose a filling. 

2) Losing A Crown

When you lose your crown, you most likely will not feel any pain, but this is a situation that needs to be taken care of immediately. When a crown is gone, the tooth underneath it, which is probably damaged and may have some of the nerve exposed, which will eventually start to hurt. If there is no tooth left underneath, the gums can become damaged, and if a part of the bridge is exposed, food detritus may get caught underneath the crown, between the crown and the tooth itself. This will lead to infection. If you can, save the crown, as it may be the case that merely the bonding agent needs to be replaced, or that your tooth broke into the crown, in which case the crowns structural integrity will not be compromised. 

3) Toothache

It can be a sign of a serious infection, or just a food particle stuck in a tiny crack, but whatever the case, toothache makes life unbearable. The reason for toothache is that the nerve is exposed or is being pressed upon or is otherwise inflamed. The nerve then sends the signals to the brain, which sends pain back to the affected area. The pain you feel may be radiating from a different source entirely, and the tooth that hurts may not be the one that has a problem at all. This is an emergency that almost everyone recognizes, and will willingly call the dentist when this one occurs. 

4) Tooth Is Chipped Or Broken

A tooth that is chipped or broken amy not start to hurt immediately, but no mistake, this is a serious condition, and you need to see a dentist. The pulp material that is inside the tooth is going to become exposed when the enamel and outer structures break off, and it is only a matter of time before enough of it is lost that the nerve is exposed, and then terrible pain will commence. What’s even worse, the pulp can become infected, in which case the tooth may die, or it may require a costly root canal treatment. 

5) Tooth Is Knocked Out

This happens more often than one would expect. Usually we tend to think that only ruffnecks, and people interested in bar fights lose teeth, and while engaging in physical violence will put you at risk for losing a tooth, many accidents can result in a tooth getting knocked out. Usually the tooth will begin to hurt a few days after the incident, but it may start to hurt immediately. The problem is, some bits and pieces of the tooth root may be lodged into your gums, and can start to decompose and rot while still underneath the gum line. Not to mention that the gums can become damaged from the trauma, and may need immediate attention.