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By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental emergency  

Events like a broken arm or becoming seriously ill are obvious medical emergencies requiring emergency room visits or, at the very dental emergencyleast, a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. However, often-overlooked dental emergencies can be just as serious as these non-tooth related issues. But how can you tell if your dental issue is an emergency or simply an inconvenience? Learn more about identifying dental emergencies with Dr. Jason C. Ako, DDS at Kahala Dentistry in Honolulu, HI.

Dental Emergencies in Honolulu, HI
A dental emergency is any dental issue which requires immediate care in order to preserve or save the tooth or stop severe pain. If you are bleeding from the mouth, have lost a tooth, are in severe pain, have severe swelling or irritation, or have a pimple-like bulge or lump on your gum, you may be experiencing a dental emergency. In the case of an emergency, you should call your Honolulu dentist Dr. Ako to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Common Dental Emergencies

  • Knocked Out Tooth: This emergency requires immediate and urgent attention. If you experience a knocked out tooth, save the tooth or its pieces. Hold the tooth by the top (crown) and do not touch the roots. If the tooth is dirty, very gently clean it with water. Do not scrub the tooth. If possible, gently place the tooth back into its socket. If you have to force it, do not continue. If you cannot replace the tooth, place it into a container with milk. See your dentist as soon as possible.
  • Tooth Abscess: A tooth abscess is an infection of the tooth’s root and the gums. It presents itself as a lump on the gums and may be extremely painful. It is critical that you see your dentist as soon as you notice an abscess to keep the infection from spreading. You may also experience fever, sensitivity to pressure and temperature, and swelling.
  • Chipped, Fractured, or Broken Tooth: If your tooth is chipped and not painful, you probably do not need emergency dental care. However, if the tooth is cracked or fractured, you are in pain, or you are bleeding, you should schedule an emergency dental appointment. If possible, save any pieces of the tooth and bring them with you to your appointment. Do not apply any painkiller directly to the gum. Rinse the mouth with warm water and, if necessary, use a cold compress to minimize swelling.

For more information on dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Jason C. Ako, DDS at Kahala Dentistry in Honolulu, HI. Call (808) 734-6022 to schedule your appointment today!