A dental emergency is any type of dental pain that requires immediate attention. Dental emergencies can be the result of an accident, injury, or infection.
Dental emergencies can happen at any time and any place. However, some people are more susceptible to getting a dental emergency. Patients who put off seeing their dentist for checkups and teeth cleanings are also at risk for developing a dental emergency because cavities can develop over time and be difficult to diagnose before they become painful. Patients also need to be vigilant in caring for their teeth at home by brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and getting their teeth cleaned every six months. Even patients with good oral health habits and regular cleaning schedules can experience a dental emergency. For example, if a tooth chip after biting on a hard piece of candy, the patient could experience discomfort that requires emergency care. Besides, playing sports without wearing a mouthguard is another common cause of dental emergencies. No matter why you are experiencing pain, it is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to avoid more severe complications.
A chipped or cracked tooth is one of the most common types of emergencies. Another common type of emergency is an oral infection in a tooth that has become extremely painful and sensitive. An untreated infection can lead to tooth loss and serious health problems if left untreated for too long. Other common dental injuries include knocking out a tooth, losing a crown, or even loose fillings falling out of the mouth. In any of these cases, it is essential to contact an emergency dentist right away to receive treatment for the problem. Failing to do so can result in severe pain and even further damage to your teeth.
Reduce your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, and avoiding sugary foods and drinks between meals. Additionally, make sure you’re visiting your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. During these visits, your dentist may notice signs of decay or infection that can be addressed before they become serious.
While your teeth are strong, they are still vulnerable to breaking when you chew on hard objects, such as ice or pens. Hard foods can also damage your tooth enamel and cause cracks in your teeth that can become infected. So, avoid chewing on ice and hard candy that can cause painful chips and other dental problems. You should also never use your teeth as tools to open packages or bottles. If you have an object that you need to open, always use scissors instead. These tips will help prevent major dental emergencies and help you avoid costly and painful procedures down the road.
Visiting your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings is one of the most important things you can do to keep your oral health in good standing. We recommend visiting us every six months for a cleaning and examination. These visits allow our team to monitor your oral health, identify and treat dental problems in their initial stages, and prevent the occurrence of future ones.
To learn more tips for oral care, contact Dr. Chung at Palm Court Dental by calling (909) 829-3994, scheduling an appointment online, or visiting our office at 17122 Slover Ave Suite 103, Fontana, CA 92337.