Any trauma can cause lacerations or bleeding in the mouth. Teeth can be knocked out or fractured. Trauma usually requires immediate medical attention. Untreated dental emergencies can lead to serious complications. Although injuries may seem minor, there can be damage to adjacent teeth or soft tissues that is not easily seen by the naked eye.
Untreated cavities or tooth decay, abscesses, and other oral conditions can be incredibly uncomfortable. Tooth discomfort or pain can be a sign of larger issues that need immediate attention.
Swollen jaws can be caused by trauma or infection and should be looked at, especially if you are not sure why the swelling occurred.
Sore gums are certainly an inconvenience but can lead to something bigger, such as problems chewing food. Seeking a consultation with Embrace Dental could provide you with an explanation and a quick solution.
Any injury inside the mouth is a dental emergency. A laceration, puncture wound, or tear to the cheeks, lips, or tongue is considered a tissue injury. All tissue injuries should be cleaned immediately with warm water. A bleeding wound on the tongue should be held with gauze, applying gentle pressure. Call the office or come in immediately to have the wound checked out.
Any type of facial pain that is associated with a tissue injury can be alleviated by taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) according to the directions on the packaging label. Be careful to avoid ibuprofen or aspirin after a dental emergency, as they are anticoagulants and can cause excessive bleeding.
A broken or lost filling may not cause immediate pain but ignoring it can cause food and bacteria to collect and lead to infection. Damaged fillings should be repaired as quickly as possible.