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Worcester emergency dentist: When Should I Visit an Emergency Dentist?

Worcester Emergency Dentist

Worcester Emergency Dentist | Medical emergencies can be a scary thing, especially when they involve something that strongly affects both one’s health and appearance, such as the mouth and teeth. Although emergency help is always available, you may not always know what to do in certain situations. Should you immediately contact an emergency dentist? Or is it something that can wait until Monday?

Let’s take a look at some situations that may or may not require the care of a Worcester emergency dentist.

Missing Tooth

If you or a loved one have a missing tooth due to some type of trauma, like a vehicle or sports accident, this is definitely an Worcester emergency dentist situation. Such a tooth can usually be saved if the tooth is protected and the individual involved receives emergency care within around one hour.

Here’s what to do in the case of a knocked-out tooth:

  • Handle the tooth only the tooth’s chewing surface, never the root.
  • Carefully rinse the tooth in lukewarm water if it has gotten dirty. Use only water. Do not scrub the tooth.
  • Attempt reinserting the tooth into the socket it fell from, being careful to maintain its original orientation in the mouth.
  • After reinserting the tooth, gently bite down on a gauze pad to ensure the tooth is in place.
  • If it cannot be reinserted, protect the tooth by keeping it in some milk so that it does not dry out.
  • If no milk is available, do not store it in a container of water. Keep it in the mouth against the cheeks and gums.
  • Finally, visit your emergency dentist.

Severe Toothache

Severe pain from a toothache is almost always a reason for contacting an emergency dentist. This type of pain, besides being extremely unpleasant, normally indicates some type of severe tooth decay. If it has progressed to this point, you will need emergency dental care. Both to get some immediate pain relief, and to address the underlying cause of the pain so that the tooth can be saved if possible.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are one of those situations that may or may not require emergency dental care, depending upon the cause of the bleeding. It is not uncommon to experience some temporary, minor bleeding whenever you are a little too strong with your brushing and flossing.

If you have experienced some type of mouth trauma immediately prior to experiencing bleeding gums, it is a good idea to contact an emergency dentist to have things checked out. You may have a fractured tooth, for example.

The most common cause of chronically bleeding gums is periodontal disease, or gum disease. If this is the case, your gums will tend to be somewhat red and inflamed. They will tend to bleed easily. If you have not been previously diagnosed with gum disease, make an appointment with your dentist at your earliest possible convenience to have it checked out.

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If you have a dental concern, contact our Worcester emergency dentist today. New patients welcome.