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Traumatic Dental Injuries

 

Traumatic Dental Injuries
Traumatic Dental Injuries

 

 

Emergency Care 

In case of a dental emergency – whether it’s caused by a sudden accident or due to longstanding dental disease – your teeth and/or the tissues of the mouth that surround them need to receive proper attention right away. As with any type of medical emergency, it’s important to be aware, before you’re actually in the situation, of what you can do to ensure the best outcome.

Traumatic Dental Injuries

A completely knocked-out permanent tooth requires quick thinking and immediate action. The chances that the tooth can be saved increases if you pick it up without touching the root, gently clean it off with water, and put it back in its socket facing the correct way. Hold it in place with gentle pressure as you rush to the dental office or emergency room. If you can’t replant it immediately, tuck it between the patient’s cheek and gum, or carry it in a container of cold milk.
For a more traumatic injury such as a tooth that has been moved or loosened, treatment needs to be done within six hours. However, if there is uncontrollable bleeding, go immediately to the emergency room. Fortunately, other dental injuries that happen most frequently are less severe. The most common traumatic dental injuries are chipped or fractured teeth. If a tooth is chipped, try to find any pieces that have come off, as it might be possible to reattach them. Make an appointment with the dentist right away and bring the pieces of chipped teeth with you.

Tooth Pain

Sudden or persistent tooth pain always signals a need for an urgent visit to the dental office. The most common cause of dental pain is tooth decay, a bacterial infection that can spread through many parts of the tooth, the surrounding gum tissueand even intothe cheek area resulting into swollen face .Sometimes, tooth pain indicates that you may need a root canal treatment – a procedure that not only relieves the pain of an infection deep inside the tooth, but also can keep the tooth from having to be permanently removed. Other times, pain may be caused by a loose filling or sensitive tooth. The only way to know for sure what’s causing your tooth pain is to make an appointment at the dental office right away.

Gum Emergencies

Injuries and infections involving the soft tissues of the mouth may also require emergency treatment. The tissues of the gums, tongue, or cheek lining can be damaged by accidental bites, falls, sports injuries, and scalding liquids. They may also suffer injury from foreign bodies that become lodged below the gum line, and they can develop painful and potentially serious abscesses. A periodontal (gum) abscess is a pus-filled sac caused by an infection, and is usually quite painful. Abscesses require immediate attention at the dental office.
Any injury to the soft tissues of the mouth should be rinsed with dilute warm salt water. If there is visible debris, it should be cleared. Bleeding can usually be controlled by pressing a clean, damp material to the area for 10-15 minutes. If this does not work, go to the emergency room immediately.
A foreign body lodged beneath the gum line can sometimes be gently worked out with dental floss or a toothpick. But if this can’t be accomplished easily, make a dental appointment so the area does not become damaged and/or infected.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Although there can be discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment, there are only a few true orthodontic emergencies. They include trauma or injury to the teeth, face or mouth. Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face, and severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain in these areas can also be orthodontic emergencies. In any of these situations, seek immediate care from the dental office or emergency room – whichever is your best option at that time. For loose, broken or irritating pieces of orthodontic hardware, please call the dental office for advice.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Gainesville, Virginia, call Gainesville Dental Arts today at 703-743-2324 or make an appointment.

 

 

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Most Common Causes of Tooth Pain

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Tooth pain is not a planned event.One never realizes how much we depend on healthy and pain free teeth until there is an issue which either makes the teeth sensitive or painful that makes it hard to chew or eat certain foods. Tooth pain can be caused by a number of different factors, but one thing is certain: tooth pain is debilitating, uncomfortable, inconvenient and sometimes even unbearable.

Here are the most common causes of tooth pain:

Cavities

Cavities are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that appearas tiny openings or holes. Cavities, also called tooth decay or caries, are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sipping sugary drinks and not cleaning your teeth well.

Cavities and tooth decay are among the world’s most common health problems. They’re especially common in children, teenagers and older adults. But anyone who has teeth can get cavities, including the infants.

Tooth decay is by far the most common cause of tooth pain, and the pain can manifest itself in a variety of ways depending on the extent of decay. Some of the most common symptoms associated with tooth decay are mild sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, sharp pain upon biting, and constant to severe pain or pressure in the jaw. Tooth decay can occur even if you’re brushing and flossing, which is why it’s important you see a dentist at least twice a year.

  • Loose filling

A loose filling can also cause plenty of discomfort. Loose fillings usually cause pain when you bite into something and often you will experience sharp pain. A loose filling can also cause sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages. A loose filling can be fixed by a visit to your dentist, so schedule an appointment with us and we’ll help diagnose the problem.

  • Crack in your tooth

A more severe tooth injury, a cracked tooth can be caused by decay or trauma and is often associated with sharp shooting pain while chewing. If your tooth is cracked, usually biting into something becomes extremely painful. Depending on the severity of the crack, it might change the way we have to go about treating your tooth, but with the discomfort a cracked tooth causes, we will work out the best solution.

  • Grinding teeth

Have a lot of stress? Trouble sleeping? Grinding your teeth is a very common problem and can lead to jaw pain, headaches, and other related symptoms. This condition is known as bruxism. Talking to our team might help find out how to help your bruxism. Be careful, though, as the same dull ache in your teeth and jaw can be caused by a sinus headache.

 Abscess

When the inside of your mouth gets hurt or irritated, bacteria may enter and cause an infection. Sometimes you will see a painful swelling filled with pus (a thick, yellowish fluid). If the pus can’t drain out, the area will get more swollen and painful. This is called an abscess. The abscess forms a barrier around the infection. This is one way that your body tries to keep a bacterial infection from spreading.

Abscesses can form and spread very quickly. Sometimes they form only one or two days after the infection starts.

Most abscesses are painful, so people usually seek treatment right away. Sometimes the infection causes little or no pain. If an abscess is not treated, the infection can last for months or even years. It will not go away on its own, so it’s important not to ignore the symptoms.

If the infection is not treated, it can damage the surrounding bone and teeth. A hollow tunnel sometimes forms through the bone and skin to allow pus to drain. This tunnel is called a fistula or “sinus tract.” You might see or feel this opening inside your mouth. It looks like a pimple. If you have pus draining through a fistula, you might notice a strange or salty taste in your mouth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Gainesville, Virginia, call Gainesville Dental Arts today at 703-743-2324 or make an appointment.