Nothing ruins your day quite like a dental emergency. From excruciating toothaches to broken teeth, these unexpected issues can cause pain, discomfort, and even anxiety. But fear not! At Mahimaa Dental Care, a proud, state-of-the-art facility that achieves the highest level of excellence in Dentistry, we provide you with comprehensive Dental Care with outstanding results.
Dr. M. Seethapathy and Dr. S. K. Chandravadhana, founders of Mahimaa Dental Care in 2001, are dedicated to providing life-changing Dentistry. As partners in marriage as well as profession, their warmth and commitment to excellence influence all aspects of their lives. Your care is approached in a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive manner. We believe in the importance of being a complete person, adhering to the highest professional standards while continuing to grow at the personal level. Dr. M. Seethapathy and Dr. S. K. Chandravadhana are committed to understanding your perspective and respecting that you are entrusting them with your smile and dental health.
What are dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies are situations where immediate attention is needed to relieve pain or prevent further damage to the teeth or gums. These emergencies can be caused by a variety of factors such as accidents, sports injuries, sudden onset of pain or swelling, and infection. Some of the most common dental emergencies include knocked-out teeth, broken or cracked teeth, chipped teeth, severe toothache, abscesses, and bleeding gums. In these situations, it is vital to seek professional dental care as soon as possible to avoid long-term damage and maintain good oral health.
Type of dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies can be painful and distressing conditions that require urgent attention. The 10 most common types of dental emergencies are:
- You Fell and Injured Your Mouth: If you have fallen and injured your mouth, the first thing you should do is assess the severity of the injury. If you are bleeding heavily or it is a serious injury, seek medical attention immediately. If a tooth has been knocked out, try to place it back in the socket if possible, or store it in milk until you can see a dentist. It is important to see a dentist as soon as possible to ensure the injury does not lead to infection or further damage. Avoiding hard and sticky foods, and using a soft-bristled toothbrush can also help reduce further discomfort. Dr. M.Seethapathy suggests to take care of your mouth and monitor it closely for any changes or additional pain.
- Toothache: Toothache is one of the most common dental problems that people experience in their lifetime. It is essential to seek dental care as soon as possible to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. S. K. Chandravadhana believes delaying treatment can lead to severe complications, and in some cases, tooth loss. Preventive measures such as regular dental checkups, maintaining oral hygiene, and a healthy diet can help prevent toothache.
- Tooth Knocked Out: When a tooth gets knocked out, we understand that it can be a startling and stressful experience. However, it’s important to remain calm and take action quickly to increase the chances of saving the tooth. If the tooth is still intact, it’s important to handle it carefully by avoiding touching the root and gently rinsing it off with water or milk. If possible, try to place the tooth back in its socket and hold it there with a clean cloth or gauze. If this is not possible, then put the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva, or use a specialized tooth-saving kit from a drugstore. It’s crucial to seek dental care as soon as possible since the chances of saving a knocked-out tooth decrease after 30 minutes.
- Tooth Infections: Tooth infections are a common dental problem that can cause discomfort and severe pain. Common signs that you have a tooth infection include persistent throbbing pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling, and bad breath. Treatment options include antibiotic therapy, root canal therapy, and tooth extraction. Prevention measures such as regular dental check-ups, proper brushing and flossing, and a healthy diet can help to prevent tooth infections.
- Tooth Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that results in discomfort or pain when your teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures, sweet or sour foods and drinks, and even cold air. To manage and prevent tooth sensitivity, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, use toothpaste and mouthwash designed for sensitive teeth, avoid acidic foods and drinks, and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and treatments.
- Mouth Sores: Mouth sores can be a common occurrence for many individuals, causing discomfort and pain in everyday activities such as eating and talking. Over-the-counter medications and home remedies can be used to alleviate symptoms such as pain and inflammation. However, Dr. M.Seethapathy suggests, it is important to seek medical attention if mouth sores persist or are accompanied by other symptoms such as fever or difficulty swallowing.
- Broken Teeth: A broken tooth is another common dental emergency. It can be caused by an accident or trauma, or it can simply be due to teeth grinding or biting down on hard objects. If you have a broken tooth, it’s important to see a dentist right away so that they can repair or replace the tooth. In the meantime, you can try to avoid chewing on the affected side of your mouth and rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help reduce any pain or swelling.
- Broken Jaw: A broken jaw can be caused by accidents, injuries, or other factors. If you experience a broken jaw, it is important to see a medical professional as soon as possible. We will examine your jaw and determine the best treatment to repair the damage.
- Gum or Teeth Bleeding: Gum or teeth bleeding can be caused by a variety of factors, including gum disease, injuries, and other medical conditions. If you experience gum or teeth bleeding, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. As dentists, we will examine your mouth and determine the cause of the bleeding.Dentist may also recommend treatment to stop the bleeding and prevent further damage.
- Abscessed Gums: Abscessed gums can be caused by infections or other medical conditions. Quick treatments for abscessed gums include:
- Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater several times a day to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
- Apply a cold compress to the affected area to alleviate pain and swelling temporarily.
- Contact your dentist immediately for professional evaluation and treatment to address the underlying cause of the abscess and prevent further complications.
How to prevent dental emergencies
While dental emergencies cannot always be prevented, here are some steps suggested by Dr.M.Seethapathy & Dr S. K. Chandravadhana which you can take to reduce your risk. These include:
- Brushing and flossing regularly to prevent cavities and gum disease
- Wearing a mouthguard during sports and other high-risk activities
- Avoiding hard foods and candies that can damage teeth
- Seeing a dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings
- Avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption
In conclusion, dental emergencies can be painful and distressing, but they can often be prevented with proper dental care and precautions. If you experience a dental emergency, it is important to see a dentist or medical professional at Mahimaa Dental Care as soon as possible. Contact us for any dental emergency you face, and our expert team at Mahimaa Dental Care will provide you with the immediate attention and care you need to maintain a healthy and hassle-free smile.