Accessible Emergency Care Can Save Your Teeth
Teeth play an extremely fundamental role in your day to day life and it is important to identify when your teeth are in dire need of emergency intervention…
Your teeth are one of your greatest assets; they allow you to communicate, function and survive. Without your teeth you would be unable to form words, your facial symmetry and mobility would suffer and your surrounding soft tissue and muscle would deteriorate. Finally, without teeth you would be unable to commence one of the greatest essentials to human survival – your digestive process. *These examples are the extreme long term implications of losing all of your adult teeth and not following the proper channels to correct it. Losing one or few teeth will not have as a dramatic affect but will impair these abilities over time. To ensure that your teeth are healthy and strong, learning to identify an emergency can help prevent you from losing them.
How the elements can damage your smile…
Teeth are essentially bone and made from some of the strongest mineralised substances in the human body. Tooth enamel (for which the tooth is covered) can withstand extreme temperature changes, various substances and edible objects; as well as high degrees of pressure and friction. The environment in which teeth formulate is one of the most bacteria-ridden locations in the human body and with the assistance of proper regular oral hygiene; your teeth can maintain their place and withstand these dramatic changes effectively. However, teeth are very rarely at their maximum health and this is the time when your teeth can become susceptible to unforeseeable damages.
As children we grow with teeth that are designed to fall out which help us develop communicative skills, eating mobility and physical expressions. These baby teeth help strengthen our jaws until our adult teeth are ready to surface. These adult teeth are larger and more durable than baby teeth but unfortunately once you lose them, they will not grow back. The contribution of poor oral hygiene and deteriorative disease can make your teeth susceptible to damage and instances where your teeth are chipped, fractured, split or even knocked out can deteriorate your oral health and overall well-being considerably. The sooner you can restore your teeth, the better chance you have of retaining your natural teeth.
What constitutes as an emergency?
Dental emergencies can be categorised into two sections; functional and aesthetic. Functional concerns can have an adverse effect on your eating ability, jaw mobility, facial comfort and healthy teeth. Cosmetic concerns can have a devastating effect on your smile, your self-confidence, your ability to socialise and can make you appear less attractive.
Any of these concerns whether they cause you discomfort, pain or impair your confidence is a cause for emergency but there are instances that are not cause for alarm. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms they can be easily addressed in a normal consultation and are not cause for alarm:
- Dull tooth aches
- Craze lines on teeth
- General plaque build up
If at any point you are experiencing pain or discomfort, if your tooth has been injured or dislodged and/or if you are undergoing treatments and are facing failures or implications, then these are reasons to consider emergency dentistry in order to fix the problems before they get out of hand.
Damage to your teeth can cause damage to your health in the long term…
One of the most common dental emergencies is the loss of an adult tooth. This could occur from a sports injury, weakened tooth from oral health problems or even an accident but it is important to remember that if you lose a tooth:
- Pick it up by the crown NEVER the root
- Rinse the tooth with water or milk if it is not clean
- Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments
- Keep the tooth in a container of milk or in the mouth of the injured patient
Your natural tooth is something you cannot regain once you have lost it so it is essential to get in touch with an emergency dentist to ensure your natural tooth is saved. Life without a tooth can result in tooth migrations (movement of teeth), malocclusions (uneven bite), poor oral hygiene, jaw bone reabsorption and many functional and cosmetic problems.
Entrust your smile to our friendly team and we will support you in your time of need…
If you do find yourself in a position where you have received extensive damage to your tooth/teeth, are in a lot of pain or have lost your tooth, it is important to know where your emergency dentistry services are. At Q-Dental we strive to provide emergency services for our community to ensure that everyone has a chance to save their natural teeth. To provide this service we are available seven days a week to accommodate our patients with busy lifestyles, unfortunate dental incidents and general dentistry requirements. Dr Amin takes this availability further by making his services readily available for his patients and can be contacted directly if your emergency occurs outside irregular hours.