By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
October 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Not sure if a dental problem is an emergency or a more minor problem? Dr. Mazhar Butt, your Carbondale, IL dentist shares some dental emergencyinformation on common dental emergencies.

What issues are considered emergencies?

Dentists consider these problems emergencies:

Trauma to your mouth or teeth: If you experienced a blow to your mouth that knocked out or loosened a tooth or moved it out of position, it's an emergency. Blows to the mouth often produce pain and cuts in your cheeks, gums, face or lips, which should be treated as soon as possible.

A broken tooth: Teeth can break as a result of an injury, but may also fracture if they've been weakened by previous dental procedures or cracks. If your tooth breaks, call your dentist immediately.

Severe pain: Your dentist wants to know if you're in pain. Call him if you experience severe pain in a tooth or in your jaw.

Dental abscesses: Severe pain can be a sign that you have a dental abscess. Symptoms of abscesses include a pimple on the gum next to the painful tooth, swelling in your jaw or face, fever, swollen glands in the neck, pain when you chew, bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth or red gums.

What about lost fillings or loose or lost crowns?

Lost fillings or crowns aren't dental emergencies, although you should call your dentist as soon as possible during normal business hours. Applying temporary filling material, found at drugstores, can help protect your tooth until you see your dentist. Dental cement found in over-the-counter dental repair kits can be used to temporarily re-attach loose crowns. If you've lost your crown, cover the tooth with dental cement to prevent pain from exposure to the air and hot and cold temperatures.

What if I'm not sure?

Are you teeth killing you because you have an abscess or because your sinuses are inflamed? It's not always easy to tell if a problem is really an emergency. If you're not sure, it's always a good idea to give your dentist a call.

Are you concerned about a dental problem? Call Dr. Mazhar Butt, your Carbondale, IL dentist at (618) 457-2123 to schedule an appointment.