Dealing with Common Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies are not typically treated in emergency rooms, but they do often require urgent care to manage the pain and reduce the risk of long-term problems. Our Huntington Beach dentist can help you deal with common dental emergencies and restore your dental health.

Common dental emergencies include:

 

  1. Toothache

Carefully floss or use an interdental cleaner to clean around the tooth, and rinse your mouth with warm water. Call us if the pain continues.

 

  1. Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth

Rinse your mouth with warm water to flush out any debris, use a cold compress to manage swelling, and call us immediately. You might need a root canal treatment to remove the damaged tissue inside of the tooth and a crown to protect it from more damage.

 

  1. A knocked-out or dislocated tooth

Rinse any debris from your mouth using warm water, and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Rinse the tooth by holding it gently by the crown, and place it in a cup of milk or a tooth preservation kit. Do not store it in water, but do keep it wet. Call us immediately.

Be sure to keep the information for our emergency dentist in Huntington Beach on hand in case these or any other emergencies occur.

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Dealing with Common Dental Emergencies

What to Do with a Broken Tooth

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Experiencing a dental emergency is often a traumatic experience. If a tooth breaks, it can be a very painful one, as well. It is important to know what to do if this occurs in order to minimize panic, pain, and risk of the problem becoming worse.

Our teeth are naturally very tough, but can break if they become weakened due to lack of dental hygiene, or during a physical accident, such as a car crash. If this occurs, you should first call our Houston dentists as soon as possible. Before you leave for treatment, rinse the mouth out thoroughly with warm water. This will clear out any debris that you do not want to damage the tooth further or accidentally swallow.

The surrounding gums will likely be bleeding. Applying gauze for about ten minutes should reduce blood flow. To subdue pain and reduce swelling, apply a cold pack to the outside of the mouth over the area for as long as needed.

There are also some products found at most general retail stores that can help in these types of situations. Dental cement can protect the nerves of the tooth from being exposed, and certain expert-approved liquids are used to store knocked –out teeth. Talk to our expert in treatment in broken teeth in Houston about where to find these products.

What to Do with a Broken Tooth

What are the Options for Treating Toothache?

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Toothaches can arise from a variety of dental issues. The specific treatment will depend on the cause of the toothache.

If you have a toothache, it is important to see your dentist right away. A thorough oral exam will be needed to determine the cause of the toothache. Common treatments used by our expert in treatment of toothache in Los Angeles include:

• Dental fillings: If the toothache is caused by decay, or if an existing filling has broken, a dental filling may be all that is needed to treat the tooth.
• Crowns: If decay is more extensive or if the tooth has broken, the tooth may need to be restored with a crown.
• Root Canal: If the tooth is infected or if decay has reached the pulp, root canal therapy may be needed to save the tooth.
• Extraction: If damage is severe and root canal therapy cannot save the tooth, the tooth may need to be removed.

The only way to know what is needed is to visit your dentist. Over-the-counter pain relievers can provide temporary relief while you are waiting to see your dentist. Rinsing with warm saltwater or applying heat or ice compresses to the sore area may also help.

There is no reason to live with tooth pain. If you are experiencing any pain, contact our emergency dentist in Los Angeles for relief today.

What are the Options for Treating Toothache?

Why Do Teeth Become Painful?

Teeth can become painful for many reasons. These reasons are usually brought on by lack of dental care, but sometimes they are due to factors beyond our control. To understand why teeth can suddenly cause you pain, it is helpful to first understand the makeup of a tooth.

A tooth is a hollow bone, and protecting that bone is enamel. You can see the enamel on your teeth easily; in fact, it’s what makes your teeth look like they do. It is considered the hardest substance of your body. Inside the bone is the pulp. The pulp is where the nerves, blood vessels, a living connective tissues live. All cases of tooth decay are due to damage or decay to one of these three areas.

Common Causes:

• Infection: If you have a cavity, it means the enamel, or the strong substance protecting your tooth, has been worn down. The cavity thus allows bacteria to get into the inside of your tooth, or the pulp. If untreated, this can lead to severe pain.
• Gum disease: Serious gum disease, periodontitis, can lead to sensitive teeth, loose teeth, and pain when eating.
• Bruxism: This is a condition wherein you grind your teeth. Many patients do not even realize they do it. This can wear down the enamel on the top of your teeth considerably over time, and create a lack of protection.
• Trauma: Physical force to your teeth or surrounding areas can cause serious pain that should not go untreated by a painful teeth dentist in Los Angeles, as it can lead to many more problems.

If you are experiencing pain in one or more of your teeth, be sure to contact an emergency dentist right away.

Why Do Teeth Become Painful?

Dentures and Their Common Problems

Dentures are a common restoration in those over the age of 60. Getting older does not have to lead to tooth loss, but if it does, the smile can be easily restored using this method. Dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in one or both jaws. Dentures that fit properly do not slip, slide or pinch, and they should not cause soft tissue problems. However, the bone and gum tissue can change over time, leading to ill-fitting dentures that can cause soreness, swelling and irritation. Our emergency dentist can help.

Ill-fitting dentures that are not addressed can cause sores, open wounds and calluses in the mouth, which can lead to more dental problems. We can fix dentures that no longer fit. In many cases, we can realign the dentures to better fit your gums. Recasting them may also be an option. Some patients may benefit from the addition of dental implants, which can preserve the jawbone more effectively and offer greater stability to the dentures. Broken dentures may be able to be repaired, or they may need to be replaced depending on the extent of the damage.

To avoid denture emergencies, use good dental hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for checkups. Store the dentures according to your directions to avoid any mishaps. Call us today to learn more about maintaining your dentures or to schedule your next appointment with our expert in emergency dentures in Los Angeles.

Dentures and Their Common Problems