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Do This if You Have a Dental Emergency

Whether you have a toothache or other dental emergency, don't wait! If you act quickly, we can often save your tooth and get you out of pain.

Common Dental Emergencies

  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Dental Abscess
  • Traumatic injury to the jaw, teeth, or mouth

If an adult tooth gets knocked out, find it and rinse it with milk. Then, reinsert the tooth into the socket. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in milk and go to the nearest dental office as soon as possible. Avoid holding the tooth by its roots. Is something stuck between teeth? Carefully remove the trapped object using dental floss or a toothpick if possible.

Emergency Dentist - Walk-Ins

Mouth injuries and accidents can happen any time of the day. Emergency walk-ins are welcome, and our team will do everything we can to get you out of pain. In the meantime, following the tips on this page will likely improve the outcome if you or your child do you have an accident.

My Child has a Toothache. What Should I Do?

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There's nothing remotely fun about having a toothache. But if adult toothaches are bad, dental emergencies in children are worse. According to Gulur et al., children have a "more profound inflammatory response" to pain than adults do as they do not have a "central inhibitory response." This lack, then, makes things like toothache much more unbearable than it typically is.

When your child has a toothache, it's typically a warning sign of something more. Pain happens when tooth decay hits the pulp chamber. The dental pulp inside a tooth contains blood vessels and nerves, so it becomes sensitive to the pain once compromised. Aside from this, however, a toothache can arise for other reasons, such as:

  • Stuck food particles. When food gets stuck where it shouldn't be, it can jam itself between the teeth over time. This action could then irritate the gums, prompting a toothache.
  • Cracked or chipped teeth. Aside from tooth decay, chips in the teeth could also trigger a pain response if it reaches the pulp chamber.
  • Loose dental fillings. If a dental filling gets loose or taken off, it can leave your teeth vulnerable to bacteria or foreign particles. When they enter the sealed-off area, it could trigger it.
  • Growing teeth. Sometimes toothache might not come from an infected tooth. At times, the pain comes from the irritation of a developing tooth, especially in younger kids.

Toothache is usually common in children who eat a lot of sugar in their food, as this helps unhealthy oral bacteria eat away at the tooth enamel. Giving your kids healthy food for their teeth, then, is an excellent way to prevent toothaches from flaring up. But what do you do if your child already has one?

Keep the Pain Down as Much as Possible

No good parent wants their child to suffer. Easing the pain is the utmost priority, particularly when it comes to toothache.

When a toothache occurs, the gums and the surrounding areas may get tender. Most recommend gargling a glass of warm salt water to ease this. Make sure that the rinse is not too cold or too hot. If your child's cheek is also affected, you may opt to use an ice pack to control the swelling. You can also purchase child-specific pain relief medicine from your nearest pharmacy / Longs.

Bring Your Child to the Nearest Dentist

When should you bring your child to the dentist? Answer: as soon as possible. While these measures may give relief for a while, they aren't a permanent fix. If the toothache comes from any of the problems we listed above, immediate action can prevent the issue from worsening.

What are other Common Causes of Facial Pain?

Abscessed Tooth: This condition is a painful infection between the tooth and gum and is usually caused by severe tooth decay. Meanwhile, other causes are trauma to the tooth due to gum disease, a chipped tooth, or a broken tooth.

Burning Mouth Syndrome: This condition describes an excruciating sensation of the palate, lips, or tongue, which may include a general feeling of discomfort in the entire mouth. Damaged nerves are said to cause burning mouth syndrome. However, there are also times when the reason for this condition is unknown.

Cluster Headache: A cluster headache is one of the most painful types of headaches. People often describe waking up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in or around one of their eyes. A red, watery eye; a runny nose; or nasal congestion are also common with a cluster headache. Cluster headaches may last for a few weeks to months, commonly followed by remission periods. This refers to a recurrent trembling headache that typically affects one side of the head and is frequently accompanied by disturbed vision and nausea.

Tic Douloureux: Also known as trigeminal neuralgia, this is known as a stabbing, severe pain on one side of the face. This starts from one or more nerve branches that support the feeling and motor functions of the face.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) Syndrome: TMJ is a problem that affects the joints and chewing muscles between the base of the skull and the lower jaw. It is also otherwise known as myofascial pain disorder. Symptoms include difficulty eating, jaw joint popping or clicking, and pain that generally lasts for a few months before it subsides. 

Sinus Infection or Sinusitis: Sinusitis pertains to the inflammation of the nasal passages and sinuses. This condition can cause pressure in the areas of the cheeks, nose, eyes, and/or the forehead.

An individual suffering from a sinus infection can also suffer from fever, cough, bad breath, sore throat, and nasal congestion that comes with thick nasal secretions. A sinus infection can be sudden onset (acute) or long-term (chronic).

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