In 2021, there are some very clear guidelines in medicine as to what is or isn’t a medical emergency.
But, with the ongoing pandemic and global restrictions seemingly becoming the new norm, have the rules surrounding dental emergencies changed? Are things like cracked teeth or fillings now a non-emergency?
In this article, the 5 most common dental emergencies are highlighted, allowing you to decipher whether or not you need a same-day trip to your dental team. Enjoy!
OK, so it is a well-known indicator of a dental emergency, but if you have a sudden or gradually increasing discomfort, you need to see your dentist near Sydney CBD. And soon!
Generally, all types of dental discomfort warrant urgent medical attention but, of course, if your discomfort is sudden, resembles a pulsating sensation or feels like a bruise, then this could signify a dental abscess.
In relation to discomfort, it is also worth a same-day check-up with your dental team if you notice that one of your teeth is suddenly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. As before, this could point to an abscess or it could be an issue with a filling or a crown.
When is oral swelling an emergency?
A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you notice you have swelling that is distorting your face shape, is uncomfortable or is preventing you from eating or breathing, then you need to see an emergency team.
As before, swelling could point towards an infection, an impacted tooth or may even indicate aggressive gum disease. Regardless of the cause, if you have swelling in any area of your mouth, you need urgent medical attention.
Lost or loose filling or crown
If you have a filling or a crown, it is an unfortunate truth that they may at some point come loose or even fall out.
How will you know when they have? You will probably notice an increase in sensitivity and you may even be able to feel them moving when you eat food. While they may not be uncomfortable, you will still need to see an emergency dental team to prevent bacterial infiltration. Such an occurrence can lead to an infection forming or, in the long-term, can cause the decay to spread to the root of your tooth, which can be very uncomfortable.
Cracks and chips
Much like a loose or lost filling and/or crown, a crack or chip to your teeth requires immediate medical attention.
And for the same reason! Any cracks in the enamel will help bacteria to get underneath the tooth, enabling decay to form and increasing the likelihood of an infection. So, that small crack to your tooth that happened at your football game needs to be seen by a dental team as soon as possible!
Lumps or growths
If you spot a lump or growth, as scary as it is, you need to see an emergency dental team.
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