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Dental Emergency Examples: Knockouts, Toothache, Abscess

May 9, 2023

The topic of emergencies isn't fun to discuss in certain settings, but is necessary for preparedness in case something happens. The realm of dental emergencies are no exception - and one important part of this world involves understanding what qualifies as a dental emergency versus what kinds of issues can wait to be treated in a non-emergency setting. 

At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, emergency dental services are some of the many dental solutions we offer to clients and families around Layton. Some dental problems simply can't wait, and should be addressed immediately even outside normal office hours. This two-part blog series will go over some of the most notable examples of what's considered a dental emergency, plus a word in part two on certain issues that tend not to qualify as dental emergencies.

Knocked-Out Tooth

In any case where a tooth is knocked out to some kind of trauma, this is a situation that should be handled right away - even if the patient in question isn't experiencing any pain. It's important to try and keep any displaced tooth moist until it can be examined by a dentist as soon as possible. In many cases, trying to replace the tooth in its socket helps with keeping it, but even if that's not possible, a container of milk or saliva can suffice.

After being examined by a qualified dentist and determining the best course of action, they may attempt to place the tooth back into its socket - though in certain cases this won't be feasible due to other damage to the surrounding area.

Severe Toothache That Won't Relent

While mild toothaches may happen from time to time, more severe cases where the pain won't go away typically point to an underlying dental issue that must be addressed. This might include something as simple as a cavity or abscess - in which case, prompt intervention is necessary for preserving the health of the tooth and surrounding structures.

In this kind of emergency situation, it's critical to call a dentist immediately. You may be able to find some temporary relief with household items like clove oil or other natural remedies until your appointment, but only at the direction of your dentist.

Dental Abscess

One of the more dangerous dental emergencies, a dental abscess is an infection of the mouth caused by bacteria that builds up in the tooth or gums. Characterized by a severe toothache, swelling around the jaw and neck, fever, and sometimes even difficulty swallowing in extreme cases - this is not something to take lightly.

If you observe any combination of these symptoms, it's important you see a dentist right away - even if the pain subsides. Untreated abscesses can lead to life-threatening complications and should be examined by a qualified medical professional as soon as possible.

At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we're here to provide emergency dental services 24/7 in Layton and nearby areas. For more information on what constitutes a dental emergency, stay tuned for part two of this series. In the meantime, if you're experiencing any of these issues, don't wait - contact us right away. We'll be here to help every step of the way!

Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry knows the importance of having healthy and beautiful teeth, which is why we provide exceptional dental care that you can rely on
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