Most Common Dental Emergencies (And How to Prevent Them)

Every year, 2 million people visit the emergency room with a nontraumatic dental problem.  The problem is, most emergency rooms are not equipped to address emergency dental care. So the primary treatment you will receive is pain management. They will then discharge you and recommend you visit a dentist. 

The best way to prevent and control these types of emergencies is with regular visits to Dr. Michael Hinh. If you see him every six months for a cleaning and check up, you can increase your chances of avoiding dental emergencies. 

Take Dr. Hinh’s advice and save yourself an expensive trip to the emergency room by learning about the most common dental emergencies and how to avoid them. There are two main types of dental emergencies. The first are those that you can prevent, the second are those from accidents. 

Preventable emergencies 

Gum and pupal abscesses  

You know you have an abscess when there is a foul taste in your mouth, sensitivity to hot and cold, and pain in the affected area when biting or touching it. The main symptom is throbbing and intense pain. 

You can prevent an abscess from happening by brushing your teeth consistently and coming in for cleanings. This will prevent bacteria that cause infection from making their way into your tooth. 

Painful biting 

The two most common reasons for painful biting are an infection and a cracked tooth. We just discussed infection, so let’s go over how to prevent cracked teeth. Cracked teeth will cause you acute pain when biting down and chewing. 

To prevent your teeth from cracking you shouldn’t chew hard objects such as ice, pens, or unpopped popcorn kernels. You should also avoid grinding and clenching your teeth. If you grind your teeth, Dr. Hinh and his team can create a mouthguard or retainer to protect your teeth. 

Inflammation around wisdom teeth 

Your wisdom teeth are the last of the adult teeth to come in. However, for some people, they never grow in. They instead become impacted underneath or partially underneath the gum line. 

These teeth are hard to clean properly all the way in the back of your mouth. Because of this, food and bacteria can get trapped. When there is an excessive buildup of bacteria, it will eat holes into your wisdom teeth. 

This is where infection forms, and before you know it, you have swollen, painful, and inflamed gums. 

All of this can be prevented with regular visits to Dr. Hinh. He checks the health of your wisdom teeth and will recommend removal if they begin to look compromised. 

Injury-causing accidents

The second type of dental emergency is a little harder to prevent. These types of emergencies typically involve a tooth that is knocked loose or is completely knocked out. They may also be chipped or cracked. 

While you can’t prevent all accidents, you can lower your risk. Most dental accidents occur while playing sports. This is another situation where Dr. Hinh and his team can create a mouthguard for you to wear. 

Have an emergency plan 

The best way to handle dental emergencies is to prevent them from happening. You can do this by brushing consistently every day and getting regular cleanings. This will prevent the majority of complications that can happen with your teeth. You can also get a mouthguard fitted for any sports you participate in. 

You also need to have a plan in place just in case a dental emergency does happen. Add the Sac Dentist phone number — (916) 331-4781 — to your speed dial list. This way, you can avoid an expensive emergency room visit that will only serve as pain management.

But don’t wait until you have an emergency. Call today and our team can help you get established as a patient, so that in the event of an emergency, you can receive immediate care. The next time you have a dental emergency, give our office a call, and we will help you feel better.

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