3 Dental Emergencies and How to Avoid Them
- January 25, 2018
Whether you are chewing on caramels, dealing with tooth pain, or have a tooth break or crack because of an injury, we never need emergency dental work when it is convenient. (Do we ever really want emergency dental work?) Fortunately, some of the most common dental emergencies can often be avoided with simple preventative practices.
Cracked or Broken Tooth
This common dental emergency is often related to chewing something hard or sticky like caramels, ice or popcorn kernels. Another common cause of cracked or broken teeth is grinding and clenching due to stress. The easiest of all emergency dental work to prevent, cracked or broken teeth usually happen when chewing or biting things that could potentially damage your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing combined with regular dental cleanings can help keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. Your best option to avoid chewing hard or sticky things, especially with braces, fillings, bridges, or crowns. Anyone with dental veneers or dental implants should be even more cautious and avoid them completely.
There’s nothing like a toothache to ruin your day. However, most toothaches can be avoided by regular brushing, flossing and visits to your dentist. Abscesses, infections, gum disease and decay that can cause excruciating pain can be prevented if you simply keep your mouth, teeth and gums clean. It is recommended that you brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoridated toothpaste, floss twice a day, between all of your teeth, and make sure to use mouthwash. Visit your dentist every six months for cleaning.
Even if you are doing everything right, you still may need emergency dental work when you least expect it. That is why Pioneer Dental Group is here for you, when you need us. Call us with your dental emergency and a team member in our dental office will schedule you as soon as possible.
You don’t have to be a fighter to experience dental trauma. Many high impact activities including full contact sports like wrestling, football, dancing, or even gymnastics can result in trauma to the teeth and gums. Fortunately, many of these problems can be avoided by simply wearing a mouth guard. These moldable devices are inexpensive to replace and can easily be changed to fit a growing mouth. Yet few kids in sports or other activities wear mouth guards consistently. Custom-molded mouth guards have also been linked to a lower likelihood of concussion because a portion of the shock is absorbed by the soft, moldable plastic.
All mouth guards are not created equal – and not all mouths are the same. If you find that a standard store-bought mouth guard doesn’t have a great fit, you may be a candidate for a custom molded mouth guard provided by your dentist.
Emergency Tooth Loss
Should you or your child knock out a permanent tooth, the recommendation used to be to try to and place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root – but in many cases this will cause more trauma to the exposed nerve. The best place to keep the tooth until you can see a dentist is in milk, this will help preserve it best. In this situation it is best to get a hold of your dentist or endodontist as soon as possible.