Dental Emergency

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are bound to happen. Everyone knows that a toothache is really no laughing matter. Also, if you have a broken front tooth, let’s just be tight lipped about it until you see your dentist.

Familiarize yourself with the two most common dental emergencies and how you can prevent them!

1. Toothache

Most common dental emergency, usually happens when the dental decay on a tooth has gone really deep into the nerve of the tooth. The nerve responds by sending out pain signals.

Frequently a tooth can hurt if it is cracked. The crack separates the tooth and hurts on chewing or is extremely cold sensitive.

What you need to do: In both scenarios, visit your dental professional immediately as waiting for the pain to subside by itself will not happen. In fact, once the nerve of the tooth is involved, the pain gets worse and there is a high chance of the infection spreading to other parts of your body. If the pain is from a cracked tooth, there is a possibility the tooth can be saved, so get in to see your dentist before the crack in the tooth becomes too deep and the tooth cannot be saved.

2. Fractured Front Tooth

The front teeth are susceptible to injury from vehicular accidents, sports trauma, and from falling onto hard objects that hit the front teeth. Heavy trauma to the front teeth can cause them to fracture or change the alignment of the front teeth, which then causes bite problems.

What you need to do: Call your dentist to ask them if you need to come in right away to fix the tooth, especially if the whole tooth came out or broke off. Do not bite on the broken tooth.

Now that you know the most common dental emergencies, let’s focus on how we can prevent them:

  • Good oral hygiene habits – Brush correctly twice daily and floss daily

  • Visit your dentist regularly. This means you should be at the dentist’s office for a general dental check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. Certain conditions do need a visit to the dentist for a cleaning more than twice annually.

  • Regular dental checkups help keep the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth clean and also catch dental decay while it is still small.

  • If a filling for a cavity is recommended, aim to get the tooth treated as soon as possible before the decay becomes deeper. This will help prevent the excruciating toothache that happens when the decay reaches the nerve of the tooth.

  • Wear a custom night guard if you are a tooth grinder to prevent cracked teeth. If you play sports, wear a custom sports guard while playing sports to prevent your front teeth from chipping or fracturing.

  • Avoid foods with a lot of sugar, as sugar helps promote dental decay.

  • Avoid acidic drinks as they create an acidic environment in which dental decay thrives.

If you are having any sort of dental emergency, are looking to get a dental cleaning after reading this blog, want to discuss oral hygiene habits and a regimen that will help you keep your dental health at an optimum to prevent a dental emergency, or need a night guard/sports guard, please call us at 312.7124.7161 and Dr. Shah can help take care of your emergency!