Dental emergency situations that need immediate attention

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Going to the dentist for a treatment or even for a dental check-up requires an appointment to be made, and a schedule to be followed for the necessary procedures. There are cases, however, when it is not possible for a patient to wait to have an appointment to be made, just to see the dentist. These are the dental emergency situations that need to be seen immediately by a medical or dental professional to ensure the complete safety of the patient, and to prevent serious complications from developing.

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Dental emergency situations that need immediate attention

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Going to the dentist for a treatment or even for a dental check-up requires an appointment to be made, and a schedule to be followed for the necessary procedures. There are cases, however, when it is not possible for a patient to wait to have an appointment to be made, just to see the dentist. These are the dental emergency situations that need to be seen immediately by a medical or dental professional to ensure the complete safety of the patient, and to prevent serious complications from developing.

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Common Dental Emergencies: Severe Toothache – A toothache can be so severe that the patient cannot do anything else but lie down and wait for the worse to pass. However, sometimes the situation deteriorates even further. An emergency trip to the dentist is necessary to ease the pain, and also to stop the spread of infection if it is present.

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Impacted Wisdom Tooth – An impacted tooth is one that did not grow normally upwards from under the gum line; this tooth has instead moved sideways, pushing against the neighbouring teeth. This abnormal sideways growth causes considerable discomfort. Further complications and pain will develop when the impacted tooth cannot be cleaned properly and ends up getting decayed. An emergency treatment is crucial to provide long-lasting pain relief and to halt further complications.

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Dental Injury – These may be caused by accidents that involve direct trauma to the mouth, teeth, or facial area; some of these injuries may be the result of engaging in contact sports such as boxing or basketball. It is necessary to go to the dentist for emergency treatment especially in cases when bleeding is involved, to prevent more serious blood loss. The injured area will need to be treated immediately to ensure the patient’s safety.

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Lost Dental Crown/Dental Filling – Losing a dental crown or dental filling exposes the affected tooth to infections and damage. The dentist will be able to remedy the situation before it becomes more painful and more complicated. The dental crown or tooth filling will be replaced to restore the normal use and appearance of the affected teeth.

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Chipped/Broken/Knocked-Out Tooth – A chipped or broken tooth can be the source of embarrassment, and may also be very uncomfortable to deal with, making it important for a dentist to look at the problem in the soonest possible time. A lost tooth, on the other hand, may still be saved and re-inserted into the socket if the patient (and the knocked-out tooth) is brought to the dentist within an hour of the tooth being knocked out.

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