In our previous blog post, we covered a few common dental emergencies. Orchards Dental is a local Edmonton dental clinic serving the communities of Ellerslie, Summerside, Millwoods, Rutherford, and the surrounding areas that sees emergency dental patients. We can accommodate same day dental appointments for adults or for children. Our dentist understands that emergencies need to be seen quickly so we do our best to accommodate your needs. A few more types of dental emergencies follow in the rest of this blog post.
Other Types of Dental Emergencies
Dental pain can be caused by infections around the tooth. If you have a sinus infection, the sinus pressure may cause pain on your upper molars. If your gums are infected, this may lead to gum swelling and bleeding gums. See the next section for gum pain.
If you are experiencing swelling gums and your gums are hurting, this may be a sign of a dental infection. A gum infection may be a result of you getting food stuck in your gums (e.g. popcorn kernel and/or small fish bones). It can lead to a dental abscess and will need to be treated by removing the foreign material. If the tooth is severely infected, the tooth may also need to be pulled. If the gum infection is due to gum disease, all you may need is a treatment for gum disease which typically involves thorough cleanings, antibacterial treatment, and antibiotics.
Knocked Out Tooth
Teeth can be knocked out for many reasons, including if your tooth got knocked out while playing sports such as hockey or baseball, or if the tooth got knocked out in a fight, or for some another reason. If you have knocked out an adult tooth, it is important to act quickly to try to save it. Carefully handle the knocked out tooth and store it in either saliva in your own mouth or milk. Be careful not to touch the root of the tooth because its surface contains cells that can reattach the tooth to the tooth socket. See your dentist for an emergency dental appointment. Your dentist may reposition the tooth back in its socket and splint it to the adjacent teeth. The tooth will likely require a root canal. A soft diet and painkillers are generally recommended after experiencing tooth trauma. It is important to continue checking the status of traumatized teeth in follow-up dental visits.