The Doctor is Ready to See You Right Now: Defining Dental Emergencies

dentistdentistDental emergency is actually an umbrella term used to define concerns involving the teeth, gums, and any surrounding tissues found within the oral cavity. Not many people know that dental emergencies do not always constitute pain, but it is often the first sign that you need to see your dentist immediately.

Here are some of the main causes of dental emergencies, as discussed by Booragoon Dental Clinic and the Australian Dental Association:

Dental Trauma

This is one of the most common reasons people seek immediate dental help.  Trauma refers to injuries on tissues of the oral cavity, including all teeth structures. Dental trauma can be the result of blunt force due to an accident or intentional assault. Some of the most common concerns here are enamel or crown fracture, and chipped, broken, or completely knocked out teeth.

Broken or Lost Filling

Broken dental fillings are another dental emergency that needs to be looked after immediately. This condition may cause discomfort and sharp pain as a result of the jagged edges. Patients are advised to avoid running their tongue over or against the sharp edges to avoid injury.  In some cases, the result of lost fillings can cause significant irritation to the cheeks that may eventually lead to the formation of a mouth ulcer.

Periodontal Abscess

This is a condition characterised by localised inflammation of the periodontal tissues. This is due to bacteria colonising the periodontal pockets. It has a rapid onset, and the pain is often stimulated by even the slightest touch.  Patients will require immediate antibiotic treatment and possible surgery to drain the abscess.

Tooth Avulsion

This dental emergency involves the tooth being completely displaced out of its original socket. Damage to the periodontal ligament and pulpal necrosis may occur if immediate treatment is not administered.

These are just some of the conditions that constitute a dental emergency. If you ever find yourself or a family member dealing with such pain, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.