Dental emergencies are rare, but when they do happen the dentists at NuSmile Dental Center are available for help. Patients with dental emergencies can visit NuSmile Dental Center in Costa Mesa, California.
Dental Emergency Q & A
What are common dental emergencies?
A few true dental emergencies can include:
- Trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth
- Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face
- Severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain in these areas
In any of these situations, you should seek help as soon as possible. The dentists at NuSmile Dental Center are trained to handle a range of dental problems, and can offer the necessary diagnostic tools, anesthetics, and treatments you needed for dental emergencies.
What if I have a dental injury?
The first thing to do in a dental emergency is to stay calm and focused. If there is any bleeding, stop that first while protecting the injured tooth or area. Never take aspirin or ibuprofen as they are anticoagulants which can cause excessive bleeding. Take acetaminophen to alleviate pain instead. Contact the office or your regular dentist as soon as possible. Most of the time an x-ray of the involved tooth or teeth is needed to determine the extent of injury. If a tooth has been displaced, knocked out, or fractured, it may be able to be reattached. If you wear braces as sustain an injury this should be considered an emergency because of the added tension caused by the wires on the teeth.
NuSmile Dental provides a 24-hour answering system that is easily accessible to patients.
What else is considered an emergency?
Most of the time dental issues can wait for a standard appointment but other orthodontic situations such as the following should be considered an emergency:
- A poking wire - You should have orthodontic wax on hand to cover the end of a wire. If you don’t, call your dentist and ask for some. While wires that stick out will eventually need to be fixed, you can cover the end momentarily with the wax so the flesh inside your mouth doesn’t get injured. No wax? You might need to go to the dentist to get some or to repair the wire.
- Sores or allergic reactions - Sores might be an indication that the braces don’t fit properly and need to be adjusted. However, they can also be a sign of an allergic reaction to the metal or even the elastic bands. If you are experiencing sudden and serious reactions, like swelling, inflammation or difficulty swallowing or eating, call your dentist right away.
- Severe Pain - Most common causes of pain include debris that is lodged under the gum line; a lost filling; a broken or cracked tooth; or an infection. Only a complete examination can determine the underlying cause of severe pain. Prior to a dental appointment, apply ice to the area for ten to twenty minutes each hour. If you suspect a broken jaw, do not move your jaw. Secure it in place with a handkerchief tied over the top of the head. Use a compress to reduce swelling and go to the emergency room.