Understanding Dental Emergency Signs: When to Seek Immediate Care at Home

Imagine this: You are going about your typical day, and BAM! A sudden chronic pain and discomfort in your oral cavity hits you. Sounds familiar? Dental Emergencies occur anytime and anywhere. The chronic pain and discomfort associated with dental emergencies can interfere with your daily activities. So, what is your go-to move in this situation? Typically, the best thing is to sprint to the dentist near you. But hold on a second – what if getting to your dental surgeon near you isn’t as straightforward due to some mobility hurdles? Picture the agony of that scenario! In such a situation, you must seek immediate dental care at home.

In this blog, we’re about to dive deep into 6 dental emergency signs that might seem like minor ripples on the dental radar but are your teeth waving red flags.

  1. Severe Toothache

A toothache is like a loud neighbour playing music at 2 AM, unexpected and uninvited. As manageable as it may seem, it is highly discomforting, and no matter the severity of the pain, it should never be treated lightly. A lot of people turn to common painkillers to deal with the pain.

However, toothache usually indicates an underlying infection, which, if left untreated, can spread to surrounding tissue and even form an abscess. This can even lead to systemic health issues. As dental surgeons, we recommend seeking emergency dental care to identify the underlying cause of the pain and prevent further complications.

  1. Lost filling

If your filling has developed a crack, it’s a  sign that you need immediate dental care. Loose or cracked fillings can make your tooth prone to oral cavities and infections. Besides cracks in your filling, if you experience any kind of lost dental restoration (crown, filling, braces, brackets), it is essential to address it immediately. Lost dental restoration can slow down or even reverse the progress of your repair.

  1. Knocked-out or Badly Cracked Tooth

Picture this: You’re playing sports, and oops – a direct hit to the jaw. Your tooth is hanging by a thread or is entirely knocked out!

It just doesn’t ruin your smile, but it also hurts. Leaving a badly cracked tooth untreated can result in increased pain, the risk of infection, decay, potential tooth loss, compromised appearance, difficulties chewing, and jaw discomfort.

It’s essential to seek prompt dental attention when you suspect a cracked tooth to prevent these complications and preserve the health and function of your teeth. So, time is of the essence for treating knocked out or damaged teeth.

  1. Abscess

Abscesses are swollen areas or pimple-like infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between your teeth and gums. The presence of pus in drainage or a pimple-like bump on the gums (dental abscess) is a clear sign of infection. This discharge may have a foul taste or odor.

While this may seem a basic dental issue, if the abscess is not treated promptly, it may rupture, spreading the infection to other areas of the face and potentially causing systemic health issues. In severe cases, the infection can enter the bloodstream, potentially causing systemic complications.

Remember, if you’re unsure whether your situation constitutes a dental emergency, it’s always better to be on the side of caution and contact your dentist at home for advice.  Because sometimes, your pearly whites just can’t wait for an appointment – they need a dental SOS, and they need it now.

Regardless of your dental emergency, Dent@Home, India’s first portable and at-home dental treatments, can ensure proper care of dental emergencies in the comfort of your home.

With our mission to make dentistry accessible to everyone, we bring highly trained dentists with strict sanitization practices to your doorstep. Also, the best way to avoid any emergency is constant oral health care and checkups.

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