In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening. If you have any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing a dental emergency.
What is classed as dental emergency?
If you require immediate dental treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate pain, or prevent tooth loss, this is generally considered an emergency. Dental situations that are not considered dental emergencies might include a chipped tooth or a lost crown or filling – unless you’re experiencing severe pain.
What helps unbearable tooth pain?
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- Gently floss to remove food or plaque between teeth.
- Apply a cold compress to your jaw or cheek.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen.
- Try home remedies for toothaches like clove oil to numb the gums.
Can a dentist pull an infected tooth?
If the affected tooth can’t be saved, your dentist will pull (extract) the tooth and drain the abscess to get rid of the infection. Prescribe antibiotics. If the infection is limited to the abscessed area, you may not need antibiotics.
Can you go to the ER for a tooth?
If the pain is unbearable and seems to feel like it is spreading along your jaw or neck, then you should go to the ER. If your mouth is bleeding and it has not stopped, you will need to head to the emergency room.
How do dentist treat emergencies?
Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.
How long before antibiotics work on infected tooth?
Although you might not notice it right away, antibiotics begin working as soon as you start taking them. Usually, within 2-3 days, you’ll start feeling better and see an improvement in the infection.