Types Of Emergency Dental Procedures
There are several types of dental emergencies that require an immediate visit to your dentist. It is a good idea to understand the types of dental problems that can occur so that you are prepared for taking care of your teeth until you reach the dentist’s office.
Dental Emergency Procedure 1: A Painful Toothache
If you have a painful toothache, then you must visit a dentist for an examination. Pain around a tooth has several causes, including a cavity, breakage or an infection in the surrounding tissue. When you have a small cavity, the dentist can remove the bacteria before drilling the tooth to insert a filling. If the tooth has a larger cavity, then it will require a dental crown to protect the biting surface of the tooth.
Dental Emergency Procedure 2: Infection In the Root Of the Tooth
When you have infection in the root of a tooth, the process of removing the bacteria becomes more complicated. The dentist will remove the top portion of the infected tooth to remove its pulp that contains nerves. The tiny roots of the tooth are also removed to prevent infection in the gums, alveolar bones and jawbone. After the interior structures are removed, this tooth is only an outer shell, so the dentist will fill it with a waterproof durable resin. Last, a customized dental crown is made to fit over the tooth to provide a sturdy biting surface along with creating an attractive smile.
Dental Emergency Procedure 3: Impacted Wisdom Teeth
You may have wisdom teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth, but in most cases, you won’t have enough space for these teeth. Third molars can become impacted in the gums, pushing against the sensitive roots of the other teeth and pressing against the bones of the mouth. The pain from wisdom teeth will increase, and if the third molars aren’t removed, then the position of the other teeth in your mouth can change, leading to malocclusions. The dentist will pull the third molars from the gums, or in some cases, a tiny incision is made to reach a wisdom tooth that is deeper inside the gum tissue. You will recover at home for several days while changing the packing material that absorbs the blood from the procedure site.
Dental Emergency Procedure 4: Damaged or Dislocated Teeth
When you have a dislocated or damaged tooth, it requires fast treatment so that the nerves in the tissues will remain functional. Protect a dislocated or broken piece of tooth by wrapping it in a soft damp cloth, but do not wash it or handle it roughly. Contact your dentist for an immediate procedure to reinsert the dislocated tooth or to reattach the broken chip. Dislocated teeth are fastened with wires to other teeth so that the roots become stabilized in the gums. A broken tooth piece is often used to repair the damaged tooth, but a dentist can also repair damage with color-matching resins, veneers or crowns.
If you think that your case might warrant an emergency visit, check out our emergency dental page.