Consult the dentist or wait again?
Tooth pain, discomfort, visible cavities, abnormalities, concerns: we all know that we should consult a dentist when such situations arise. In some cases, it is possible to wait until our next dental hygiene follow-up appointment, while in other cases, an immediate consultation is required.
How do we distinguish between truly urgent and non-urgent cases?
Some treatments may even be limited if there is too much time between the incident or the onset of symptoms and the visit to the oral health professional. Without wishing to evade the dentist’s diagnosis, how can we distinguish between truly urgent cases and others?
A tooth is broken as a result of trauma
Painful or not, a fracture must be evaluated very quickly by a dentist. Ideally, as soon as it occurs. Although it may seem a little strange, it is strongly recommended to bring the fragment of the broken tooth, if you find it of course. If possible, keep the fragment in saliva, milk or plastic wrap (Saran Wrap) and bring it to your professional.
In addition to providing possible indications of the causes and condition of the tooth, it could possibly reconstruct it by gluing the fragment back together with adhesive and composite. In the worst case scenario, your dentist will be able to use this as inspiration to reconstruct the original shape of your tooth as closely as possible.
A tooth is avulsed
An avulsed tooth is a tooth that has been completely and totally removed from its socket. It is necessary to put it back in its place as soon as possible. Obviously, the tooth must be free of dirt, so it must be rinsed (without rubbing the root) and skillfully put it back in place.
In most cases, people go to the dentist to have the tooth reinserted. At this point, the same recommendations prevail regarding the conditions of preservation of the tooth, but the chances of success decrease as the minutes pass following the avulsion of the tooth.
Swelling of the cheeks
Don’t delay, see a dentist. Swelling usually implies an infection and there is a real danger that the infection will increase and spread. Apply a cold compress to your cheek and call us at 450 465-7800 or request an appointment online.