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How to Deal With a Dental Emergency

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Any medical issue having to do with the teeth or supporting structures like bone and connective tissue that is serious enough to require immediate professional attention is considered a dental emergency.

Is Mouth Pain a Dental Emergency?

Pain may be present, but it doesn’t have to be for a dental issue to be an emergency. That said, pain is often a signal that there is a deeper, underlying dental problem that should be examined as quickly as possible. If not, the pain could worsen and become unbearable, even potentially getting in the way of living your life.

Pain in the mouth can come from the tooth, gums or supporting structures. Sometimes, the pain will feel like it’s coming from one part of the mouth but actually originates in another part of the mouth. Only through a dental examination can you find out; and, only an emergency dental examination can relieve any pain right away. Depending on the kind of pain you’re experiencing, an emergency dentist in McLean can identify the probable cause of the problem and treat it.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are a wide variety of dental issues that are considered emergencies, from a cracked tooth to a viral, fungal or bacterial infection. Each type of dental emergency has its own unique treatment options and protocols. Only your dentist can tell you which treatments are right for your unique dental emergency.

Dental trauma like a tooth fracture can happen anywhere on your tooth or the surrounding bone. Treatment options are based on where the site of the trauma is located and how bad it is. Having a dental restoration fracture or fall out may also constitute a dental emergency, since such an issue can have an impact on your appearance and abilities to eat or speak and, so, deserve immediate care.

In order to keep your teeth healthy, strong and intact, treat any dental emergency under a McLean dentist’s guidance or supervision. Give us a call today if you think you’re encountering a dental emergency.

In some cases a dental emergency may also create a medical emergency, meaning an immediate danger to life and limb, your sight or long-term health. In these cases, you should seek out aid for the dental emergency first and, then, get help with the dental emergency that caused it. Since a doctor and a dentist are two different professionals, a doctor will handle the medical part of the emergency, and your McLean dentist will handle the dental part.

If you have any doubts about whether or not a particular dental problem you’re facing may be a dental emergency, call us at Silver Line Smiles of Tyson's Corner for the guidance, support and care you need today.

Dental Trauma

If you experience an injury to the soft or hard tissues of the face or oral cavity, including the teeth and the connective tissues and bone that surround and support it, that is considered dental trauma. And, dental trauma is often a dental emergency.

These types of injuries are more common with young children, but they can occur to anyone at any age. The longer a recovered missing tooth or piece of a broken tooth remains out of the mouth, the worse the chances of being able to replant or repair it. If you can’t recover the tooth or tooth fragment or you wait too long to seek emergency dental care for a missing tooth, you may have a gap between your teeth unless you get an implant installed; if it’s a broken tooth in question, your dentist will likely install a dental restoration.

Restorative Dental Solutions

Dental Fillings

Losing, dislodging or throwing away a filling that is broken or has fallen out could cause sharp pain or discomfort due to its jagged edges cutting the soft tissues of the mouth, like the lips, gums, tongue and inner cheeks. If the filling is in or from a tooth that is visible in your mouth, it can cause concerns with your appearance.

While dealing with the problem, you need to remain conscious and alert about those sharp edges so you don’t apply pressure to the site with your tongue. In some instances, a lost filling can lead the exposed site to become infected. When this infection occurs in the side of the cheek, it could produce an ulcer. As the filling material deteriorates, it exposes dentine underlying the tooth, which could cause hypersensitivity or pain.

Your dentist in McLean can easily repair sharp edges by leveling either the filling or the tooth edges.

A filling or other dental restoration may deteriorate due to many different reasons, such as a cavity or trauma to the tooth. It could even result from simple chewing. How long restorative materials last may be a factor as well; restorative amalgams typically last from 10 to 15 years; composites typically last seven years; and, ceramic and gold fillings can last longer than 20 years.

Dental Cracks and Fractures

The pain and other symptoms associated with a cracked tooth are similar to those of a fractured tooth. A cracked tooth may be caused by extreme force applied to the tooth. The teeth usually impacted by this problem are the lower molars; these are followed in frequency by cracks in the upper molars and premolars. People from 30 to 60 years old commonly experience this problem.

Broken Crowns

There are many things can can cause a crown to break, including:

  • Fracture
  • Non-retentive preparation
  • Loosening or decementation of the crown
  • Weak cement
  • Excessive force from shifting teeth
  • Secondary caries

In Closing

The sooner you seek aid for a dental emergency, the better your chances of a simple, quick and complete recovery. Call our dental office in McLean immediately to handle any dental emergency that arises.

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