Although many dental emergencies usually involve pain, a large number of emergencies can be pain-free. If you have lost a filling, but aren’t feeling any pain, it may still constitute a dental emergency. The most common dental emergencies include the following:
Toothache or Abscess
An abscess is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth. The infection can also potentially become serious and spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
To ease the pain anti-inflammatory drugs are best such as Advil or Ibuprofen if you don’t have any contraindications against these medications. Your dentist will likely put you on a course of antibiotics to settle the pain.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Extruded (Partially Dislodged) Tooth
Injury to the Gums, Tongue, Cheeks, and Lips that Result in Bleeding
- Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
- Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
- To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
- If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.