Healthy teeth and gums will give you a lifetime of service without any problems. While this may seem obvious, there are two things to keep in mind when it comes to your teeth and gums.
- Teeth and gums aren’t supposed to hurt.
- Teeth and gums are supposed to remain intact.
If you have severe pain in one or more teeth, there are only a few likely causes. One is that the nerves in one or more teeth are complaining due to an infection. The other explanation is that a nerve has become exposed due to erosion or an accident that has damaged or broken the tooth.
Significant cuts to your cheeks, gums, or tongue are usually due to accident. Since everyone’s mouth is home to large numbers of bacteria, open cuts in the mouth can lead to infection.
Severe pain and/or significant cuts should be considered a dental emergency. Like any medical emergency, the worst thing you can do is to ignore the problem. You risk losing one or more teeth or even severe infection by waiting.
If you’re experiencing growing or severe dental pain, call our Fairfield, Ohio office at once at 513-823-2575. One of our staff will listen carefully to your problem and advise you on the immediate steps you should take. If we determine that you need to be seen, we’ll make every effort to see you the same day. And because we want all our patients to get quick relief of dental pain, we offer a discounted emergency rate of just $39.
If a tooth has been knocked out due to an accident, try to reinsert it into the socket. Fairly often, a tooth that’s reinserted will re-root itself. Be sure not to stress the tooth by chewing on it or wiggling it to give it the best chance.
If you’re not able to re-insert your tooth, place it in a glass of milk until we can see you. That’s keeps the tooth as healthy as possible and increases the chance that Dr. Dine will be able to reinsert it. Bring the glass with you to your appointment.
If your tooth has been broken, carefully gather all the pieces and keep them together. Depending on the cause and degree of damage, it may be possible for us to bond your tooth back together. This is a significant time and cost saving over having to get a dental crown.
If the accident has resulted in cuts inside your mouth, you may need sutures. Only a medical professional can determine the appropriate treatment. Don’t risk infection by ignoring the cuts and expecting them to heal on their own.
Whether the problem is a broken tooth or cuts in the mouth, you may have bleeding. If you have significant bleeding, try to stop the bleeding. Don’t take over the counter pain medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin as this can make bleeding worse. If you can’t stop the bleeding within a reasonable amount of time, go to your local emergency room.
If one or more teeth hurt and you haven’t experienced an accident, you may have an infection. One of the worst things you can do is to put heat on your cheek over the painful site. Heat speeds the flow of blood to the area and may lead to spreading the infection.
Also, don’t try to diagnose and treat yourself. Some people have leftover antibiotics from another medical issue and try to use those to treat the problem. Generally, any infection will require a full course of antibiotics, perhaps as long as two weeks, to be certain that infection is gone and won’t come back.
Remember – teeth aren’t supposed to hurt. If you have severe pain that persists for more than a day, or pain that rapidly gets worse, call our office 513-823-2575. Dental infections usually get worse, not better.
We’re there for you.
Dr. Dine and the staff are committed to providing the best possible dental care for our Fairfield, Ohio area patients. That care includes dealing with dental emergencies, and while we can’t always guarantee a same-day appointment, we’ll do everything possible to ease your pain and safeguard your health.
Call our office at 513-823-2575 if you have a dental emergency or think you might be developing one. The longer you wait, the worse the condition can become. That can lead to unnecessary suffering and expense. In the worst case, waiting can lead to tooth loss or the possibility of severe infection.