Tooth Ache Dental Emergency

By: Dentist Emergency Australia  02-Jul-2011
Keywords: Emergency Service, Emergency, Dentist Emergency Service

 Toothache is the main reason why people go to a Emergency Dentist or look for an After Hours Dentist
Any injury to teeth or gums can be very serious and should never be ignored and should be considered a Dental Emergency. A Toothache or Tooth Pain is a Dental Emergency and can damage the nerve or the blood vessels. There is also a risk of developing a tooth abscess or tooth infection which could be life threatening. If you ignore tooth pain or toothache you are taking a chance. You should not delay getting dental treatment and resolution of a tooth infection and a tooth abscess. Delays in treatment can be dangerous to your health.

When to call?
If you are not sure if your problem is a dental emergency, this is our professional advice: If you have strong toothache or tooth pain, It's a dental emergency! This is because even injuries that seem small or superficial can affect the living tissues inside the teeth. A tooth infection or tooth abscess must be address immediately with open and drainage or tooth extraction.

What you can do?
There is no way of treating a fractured tooth at home. Antibiotics are a very short term solution and DO NOT solve the problem.
You will need to see your dentist whenever a tooth is sensitive to changes in temperature, or if it hurts while you are eating. Constant toothache is a serious indication that nerve damage has occurred.
Once the nerve is damaged you will need a root canal or tooth extraction.

Root Canal Treatment and Open and Drain
Removing the pulp or nerve is called Endodontic Treatment, but it is often referred to as Root Canal Treatment or Root Canal Therapy. Open and Drain is referred as the first phase of Root Canal Treatment and is very often needed for the relief or treatment of a Tooth Ache.

This treatment is needed for several reasons:

  • Tooth Infection
  • Tooth abscess
  • Irreversible damage to the pulp

Tooth infection not always respond well to antibiotic treatment and its prescription is not a permanent solution to solve the problem. The inflammation caused by the tooth infection restrict the blood supply, so that antibiotics in the blood stream cannot reach the tooth infection very well. The reduced blood supply also reduces the pulp's ability to heal.

In some cases, the damage caused by a tooth abscess will require the tooth extraction immediately. If this is the case, the professionals at Dentist Emergency Australia  can also discuss options for replacing the extracted tooth ( eg. Dental Implants ).

Bitten Tongue or Lip Dental Emergency

If you have bitten your tongue or lip, gently wipe the area clean with a cloth. Apply a cold compress to the area to minimize any swelling. If the bleeding will not stop, you should go to the emergency room of a nearby hospital.

Something Caught Between Your Teeth

Gently insert a piece of dental floss or a dental flosser. Be very careful not to cut the gum tissue. If you are unable to remove the object, contact your Emergency Dentist. Never use a sharp object to try and remove something that is stuck in between your teeth. 

Bleeding Gums

Do your gums bleed when brushing, flossing, or even with the gentlest of touches?
Do your gums bleed when you smile?
Readily bleeding gums is usually a symptom indicative of a stage of gum disease known as periodontitis or gingivitis. 
Periodontitis and gingivitis are diseases and should be taken seriously.  They perhaps contribute to loss of teeth more than any other factor.  There are no quick fixes. 
Consistent, repeated periodontal treatment and relentless home care is the only remedy for treating periodontis and gingivits.
Consult with a Emergency Dentist

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