Management of Dental Injuries by an Emergency Dentist

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Many dental injuries are trauma related and often result in excruciating pain. A skilled dental professional who provides emergency services is greatly appreciated by patients who seek such immediate help.

Many oral conditions qualify for an emergency appointment and may include the following:

  • Erupting wisdom teeth
  • TMJ discomfort
  • Muscular pain
  • Cracked teeth
  • Deep decay affecting the nerve
  • Accident trauma
  • Sudden and unexplained oral pain

Most commonly, patients seek urgent care immediately after experiencing a trauma to their facial region. As soon as the patient arrives, the emergency dentist Charlotte NC will evaluate the source of pain and note the circumstances leading to the accident. The facial area is decontaminated with mild solution of soap and detergent or other antiseptic solution. During that time, the initial assessment can be performed.

The patient will be asked detailed questions such as their medical history, presently taken medications and their existing health status. Additionally, the dental professional will ask about current symptoms including nausea, headache and the level of pain. The patient’s sensory reactions may be also examined followed by a clinical assessment of the mouth.

At the time of clinical evaluation, the dentist will palpate the outer surfaces of the face along with the inner surfaces of the soft tissues and teeth in the oral area. The teeth are checked for mobility, and the soft tissues are examined for bruises and lacerations.

Soft tissue injuries are often occuring during the impact of the teeth against the soft tissues including cheeks and tongue. Small lacerations can be treated with damp gauze pressed against the hurt area to stop the bleeding. Large cuts may require sutures or a referral to a hospital.

Hard tissue injuries transpire when teeth and facial bones are involved in the trauma. Avulsed (knocked out) teeth can be often replaced immediately in hopes of re-integration by the body. Other conditions may be treated the following day if they are not life-threatening. In many cases, the immediate help consists of relieving the sense of anxiety and helping the person to relax and calm down.

It is imperative to contact the dentist as soon as any sudden onset of pain or trauma occurs as various dental emergencies can be successfully treated without any future health complications. If the patient exhibits signs of disorientation or dizziness, they may require other medical intervention.

Ronnie Riffle

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