Immediate action when a dental emergency occurs can prevent permanent damage and help ease pain. A common dental problem is a toothache. Cavities do not cause pain until they have progressed to the point of possibly jeopardizing the tooth. Toothaches require immediate attention for this reason. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol™ or aspirin may relieve some of the sensitivity. Avoid extreme temperature and sweets as this may aggravate the symptoms. Call Dr Nicula at 949-768-4949 immediately – even if the pain goes away, the sooner the problem is treated, the smaller the chance of permanent damage to the tooth or the mouth.
Teeth and Sports Injuries
Sports injuries can include injury to the teeth and in order to safeguard against potentially serious and painful injuries certain precautions should be taken. Mouthguards are a good form of protection and should be worn by all athletes, young and old.
Mouthguards act as shock absorbers for the teeth and help to avoid fractured or lost teeth. There are three types of mouthguards, Custom fitted latex, mouth formed and stock. All three vary in price, effectiveness and comfort. If the jaw or teeth sustain an injury, notify your dentist immediately, or go to the hospital emergency room if necessary.
A fractured jaw needs to be cared for immediately, as does a tooth, which has been knocked out if it is going to be successfully re-implanted. If the jaw is broken, it will be painful, and very difficult to use the jaw. Immobilize the jaw, you may want to tie a cloth around it, do not move your mouth. Go to your dentist or emergency room immediately.
Temporary Crowns (Caps)
Temporary crowns are just as they are called, temporary. They are designed to cover and protect the teeth for a short period of time while the permanent crown(s) are being made. If you are in the middle of dental work, and do have temporary crowns it is important that you follow through with the work within the amount of time recommended by your dentist.
Temporary crowns can be very irritating to the surrounding gum and should not be worn for extended periods of time. Additionally, the tooth underneath the temporary is not as well protected against saliva and plaque as with a permanent crown and can be more susceptible to cavities. Because temporaries are temporary they may come out occasionally, be sure to alert your dentist so that he may re-cement it for you.
You are strongly advised to call the dentist or physician in case of a dental or medical emergency.