I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!
Being informed enough to respond to dental situations and problems is vital for keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful throughout your adult life. While dental health care can be a vital part of having a high quality of life, patients will often have failed to take the time to research some of the myths that are commonly shared about dental emergencies.
Myth: Dental Problems Can Always Wait To Be Treated
It is common for patients to delay seeking treatment for their dental injuries and emergencies. While many dental problems may be able to go without treatment for a period of time with fairly mild repercussions. However, this is not the case when you are facing a serious dental emergency. Failing to promptly address a dental emergency can increase the risk of losing the tooth or suffering other severe complications. Generally, if you are experiencing intense swelling, pain, bleeding or pus discharge, immediate treatment should be sought.
Myth: There Is No Point In Attempting To Save A Severely Damaged Tooth
Patients can assume that there is no viable option for saving a tooth that has suffered extensive structural damage. Yet, dental bonding, crowns and other repair options can be extremely durable and highly effective at restoring teeth that have suffered major damage. In addition to protecting your appearance, saving your natural teeth can help to avoid erosion of the jaw or shifting of the remaining teeth.
Myth: You Can Only Visit A Dentist During Normal Business Hours
Unfortunately, dental emergencies can occur at any hour of the day. However, patients often assume that they will have to wait until the following day during normal business hours to be able to be treated. Luckily, there are many communities that are served by emergency dentists that provide after-hours care for their patients. This can avoid situations where patients have to endure intense pain throughout the night or over the weekend.
Myth: Dental Emergencies Only Involve Teeth
While most of the dental issues that you experience are likely to involve your teeth, there are many other problems that your mouth may experience. In particular, gum disease, damage and other issues are frequent reasons for individuals to seek emergency treatment. For example, it can be possible for the gums, tongue or other soft tissue in the mouth to develop an abscess that will require immediate treatment to be corrected. Failing to promptly treat this type of dental issue can allow it to rapidly spread.Share
5 October 2018