Toothaches That Happen At Any Time

Sensitivity to Temperature

Hot sensitivity may be of short duration or linger many seconds.  Short duration sensitivity often go away on their own.  Lingering sensitivity may indictate a problem that should be resolved by seeing a dentist.

Cold Sensitivity

Short duration:   These sensitive pangs are often caused by root exposure but may have other causes.  These sensitivities may resolve spontaneously but usually require professional intervention.

Long duration:  These sensitivities do not usually self-correct.  Visit your dentist.

 Sensitivity/Pain when Biting or Chewing

This is often associated with a cracked or fractured tooth.  However it may also occur with recently restored teeth. If the tooth is cracked or fractured, the tooth will need to be rebuilt.  This may be a restoration that is a filling or a crown .

If the tooth was recently restored, the surface of the new restoration may need to be adjusted.  Sometimes even the slightest difference in the bite will create a stress point that can be easily adjusted at the dental office.

Can’t put your teeth together without pain/ Sensitivity to any form of pressure?

This usually indicates a serious dental problem.  Prescribed medication can temporarily relieve the pain but you must see your dentist.

 Swelling or a Bubble on the gums?

Swelling seen in the mouth or externally (face, cheek, neck) usually means there is an infection.  Prescription medication will help alleviate the pain.  To resolve the problem you will need to see the dentist to treat the tooth that has the infection.  Even if the medication has taken the pain away that does not mean that the infection has disappeared.  Without treatment usually the pain returns.

 Can’t Sleep or Wakes you up?

This situation has multiple causes and you must see your dentist to resolve the problem.

Something is really stuck between your teeth

Every so often something gets stuck between your teeth. Even after flossing and  flossing, you can still feel something stuck.   The smallest pieces can feel very irritating.  At this point you may be thinking of trying to get at the problem with a sharp object.  That is not a good idea. Contact your dentist. This is definitely not a DIY project. Your dentist will have proper tools that will safely open up the contacts between your teeth and remove the foreign objects.

Use your teeth only for food not as a bottle opener.

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Sports and Accidental Injuries

Oh oh my tooth is Out!

So you’ve knocked out a permanent adult tooth…

Time is of the essence.  The tooth may be good enough to re-implant.  But it should be re-implanted as soon as possible.  Assuming the tooth is still in one piece, you’ll want to keep it moist in order to place it back in the socket.  It is important to NOT handle it by the root. An easy thing to do is to place the tooth between the cheek and gums.  If this option feels uncomfortable to you, you can always keep your tooth viable in a glass of milk.  Now that the tooth is protected, get to the dentist as soon as possible!  Good chance that it can be put back.

Cracked Up !

You’ve cracked your tooth!  The first thing you would do is rinse your mouth with warm water immediately.  If you had an injury to the face, you might also want to keep your face from swelling with a cold compress as you head to your dentist. Depending on the fracture, bring the piece to the doctor.  It may be useful.

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew!

When you bite your tongue or lip it’s annoying but it will heal on it’s own.  However, if you bite through your tongue or lip, causing quite a gouge in your flesh, gently cleanse the area with water and apply a cold compress. Go straight to your dentist or emergency room.

Broken Jaw?

It is never a good thing to have  a broken jaw, but that can happen.   The very first thing to do is to get a cold compress in the area that is broken  and the as quickly as possible, go straight  to a hospital emergency room for treatment

Avoiding the problem

These are just a few basics in dealing with the most common of dental emergencies.  How about avoid having to deal with them in the first place?

  1. Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports or recreational activities.
  2. Do not chew ice, hard candy or hard popcorn kernels. It might taste good and feel fun but do you want to see the dentist between your check ups?
  3. Use scissors,  bottle openers, knives for their appropriate activitiesl…NOT YOUR TEETH. Teeth are built to chew and cut food only.

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