Many people wonder about dental emergencies. How do you know if a problem is severe enough that it needs to be looked at immediately? Not all issues require immediate treatment – and as with other types of medicine, emergency care is usually far more expensive. They are emergencies for a reason, though, and if you fall into one of the following categories, you need to get it checked out immediately or you might regret it for a long time.
Bleeding gums, for instance, do not constitute a dental emergency. While it definitely points to issues, possibly major, with your teeth and need to be checked out by a dentist as soon as possible, it is not considered an emergency. It can wait a day or two before being looked at. If there is severe pain, however, along with the bleeding, that is a different story – anytime you have unusual, severe pain in any part of your body, you should get it looked at immediately in order to avoid any potentially irreparable damage.
Losing a tooth, on the other hand, is considered a dental emergency. As an adult, if you lose a tooth, you should be in a car on the way to a dentist’s office within minutes if you want to increase the chances of saving that tooth. The longer you wait, the higher chance that it will be gone for good. There are also steps you can take with the fallen tooth. It is vital to keep the tooth clean, and don’t touch it by the root as it can damage it. Rinse it with a little warm water, if necessary, holding it by the crown. If it’s possible to hold it in the place where it came out, do so. Otherwise, wrap it in clean gauze and submerge it in milk, which will ensure that it stays healthy enough until such time you can reach a dentist.
Any type of discomfort or severe pain, whether in your gums or any other part of your mouth, should also be looked at as soon as possible. Your mouth isn’t supposed to hurt for no reason; pain means something is wrong. However, it is important to differentiate between slight pain (such as wisdom teeth pain) and sharp pain that usually means something else is wrong. If you are unsure if the pain you feel is considered light or severe, it Is always better to be safe than sorry. The cost of critical oral problems and your overall dental health far outweighs the cost of an emergency dental appointment.