Emergency Dentists treat a wide array of medical issues related to dental care. Here are the most common dental problems an emergency dentist treats and a few tips on what to do to prevent long-term damage in case of emergencies.
Toothache can be caused by tooth decay, hypersensitivity, cracks, or infections.
Sometimes toothache is manageable, but you need to seek emergency assistance in case of swelling and severe pain. Before you seek emergency care, use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek.
Chipped or knocked-out tooth
If you chip your tooth, use warm water to rinse off blood in your mouth and apply a cold compress for relief. If the tooth was knocked off, pick the tooth by the crown but avoid rinsing or brushing off attached tissue fragments unless the root is dirty. If it cannot be restored in its place, put the tooth in water with a pinch of salt or milk.
Painful or swollen gums
Painful or swollen gums indicate an abscess infection. You need to rinse your mouth with a mild water solution and use a cold compress on the affected area before seeking medical attention.