Tips From A Kennesaw Dentist On Determining What Is An Is Not A Dental Emergency

When dealing with a dental problem, there is the need to ensure that you know which category the dental problem falls into. A great way to decide whether you are dealing with a dental emergency or not is by visiting West Cobb Dentistry or consulting the information below which seeks to enlighten you on the most common dental emergencies which require immediate dental specialists’ attention.

Whether you are on holiday, weekend getaway, at the office, home or anywhere, there is the need to understand the difference between a standard dental issue which can wait some hours before attending to it and a real dental emergency which requires immediate attention and can threaten your overall health or cost you a tooth.

Standard Dental Problems Vs. Dental Emergencies

Bleeding of Teeth Or Gums

About 22 percent of people have been reported by the American Family Physician to have experienced dental or oral pain in the past six months thus indicating the prevalence of dental emergencies. Before considering your dental problem to be an emergency, there is the need to first assess the situation by asking yourself the following questions.

  1. Do I feel severe pain? If yes, severe pain and bleeding are signs of a dental emergency
  2. Has my tooth been knocked out? If yes, there is the need to seek fast dental attention as this may be able to save the tooth
  3. Do I have a Loose Teeth? If yes, there is the need to seek prompt dental attention even if the loose tooth is not accompanied by pain.
  4.  Do I have an oral infection? If yes, seek immediate help to avoid further degeneration to cause abscess, or serious infections which may be life threatening.
  5. Am I bleeding? If you are bleeding from the mouth, this is a potential sign of a dental emergency.

In summary, any dental problem you are faced with which demands immediate treatment especially, to stop bleeding, alleviate pain, or save a tooth, can be regarded as an emergency.

Common Dental Emergencies

Knocked Out Tooth

A quick action after a tooth has been forcefully knocked out can save the tooth as the dentists may be able to reinsert and preserve the tooth. When faced with this, carefully pick up the tooth by the crown or the top and soak in milk or saliva. If possible, reinsert the tooth into the socket and see a dental professional.

Cracked Or Chipped Tooth

In cases of painful or serious fracture to the tooth, clean your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the outside of the affected area to reduce swelling. See your dental health specialist.

Abscessed Tooth

This is a severe and potentially life-threatening dental issue in which a pus buildup in the tooth has led to an infection. Tooth abscess can cause present varying symptoms including fever, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold items, persistent headaches, tender lymph nodes in the neck, face swelling and more. It is recommended that you see your dental healthcare specialist immediately if these signs are noticed or visit for more information on taking care of an abscessed tooth.



West Cobb Dentistry

5255 Stilesboro Rd NW # 150

Kennesaw, GA 30152

(770) 794-3332


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