Just because you felt a slight pinch in your gums does not mean it’s a dental emergency, so don’t panic! A few gargles with salt-infused warm water might help. This has probably got you wondering what should be considered a dental emergency, right?
Before you consider any pain a dental emergency, ask yourself the following questions:
Is the pain severe? Does the pain encompass your jaw? Do you see any signs of bleeding?
Did you recently lose a tooth? It’s possible that hard and crunch food has inflamed the exposed gum
Is your tooth loose? Do you find yourself constantly tonguing this tooth and pushing it back and forth?
Do you see an infection? (Swelling, abscess or black marks embedded in the crown, on the enamel)
Do you get the metallic taste of blood when you are eating anything?
Let’s have a look at some of the cases that are not considered a dental emergency:
Lost crown, filling or bridge
A cracked or broken tooth (unless the exposed area is causing pain)
A dull toothache
Damaged or broken Night Guard or Retainer
Leftover food particles lodged between teeth
Home Tips – Handling Pain in a Dental Emergency
You already know how difficult it is to get a dental appointment. You can’t simply walk in and have an emergency checkup from any doctor. Most people like to visit their family doctor because he/she is familiar with your case. We understand that you are in a lot of pain and that is why we have come up with a few home remedies and tips to help you ease the pain:
Boil water in a pot, enough to fill a glass. Dissolve one teaspoon salt in it, let it cool, then use it as a mouthwash. The warmth of the water will reduce swelling and salt will help relieve irritation, by neutralizing the acids in the mouth
If you accidentally knock out one of your teeth, then put it in a glass of milk (The liquid prevents the cells on the root surface from swelling up and increases the chances of getting your tooth reattached. However, this trick works best on children)
Floss! The pain you are feeling in your tooth might be due to the food stuck in between the gap. However, if the pain still persists, even after you have flossed, then the gums are probably the reason. This is considered a dental emergency
If the right or left side of your jaw aches due to the pain, then place a cold compress on the area. This will numb irritation, reduce swelling and stop the gum bleeding
Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash but don’t gargle with it. This will alleviate irritation by killing bacteria
If the pain gets to a level that is unbearable, then call us immediately!