Hey everyone, Dr. Sako here.
So I’m spending a lot of time at home,
like a lot of your are too.
My dental office is actually closed for routine dental care,
but we’re still getting so many calls
from people asking about tooth problems
and whether or not it’s an emergency.
So today we’re gonna talk about some issues
you might feel while you’re at home under quarantine
and how to decipher whether or not it’s something
that needs to be addressed sooner or later.
Now, typically if you’re experiencing anything out of the ordinary,
I would recommend calling the dentist to be seen,
but of course, this day and age right now,
that might not be a possibility.
So first we’re gonna talk about urgent care centers, emergency rooms.
Now these places typically are not equipped to be able to handle dental emergencies,
so if you go, you might be wasting their time and their resources
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and your time as well as you might end up leaving with nothing done.
So the first thing you should do is try to call your own dentist
or look one up online if you don’t have a dentist
and see if you could get some questions answered over the phone.
I’m gonna break down tooth problems into three categories.
We’re gonna talk about sensitivity, pain, and swelling.
Now when sensitivity comes into play,
if you feel sensitive across all of your teeth
let’s say when you have a sip of cold water
or you eat something hot
and it’s across multiple teeth,
this might not be an emergency
and this might be something that’s related to clenching or grinding your teeth.
We’re gonna get to that in a few minutes.
Now if you feel sensitivity on one tooth
and you’ve never felt it before,
this might be an indication that you have a small cavity that’s forming
or one that’s getting bigger.
Call the dentist, talk to them,
and see if this is something that needs to be addressed.
Now let’s talk about pain.
Let’s say you bit into something and you hurt your tooth.
Maybe it’s throbbing for a few hours,
maybe it’s bothering you for a day or two.
Give it a little bit of time and see if it passes.
You might’ve just bruised your tooth.
If the pain doesn’t go away
or let’s say you chipped or broke the tooth or maybe a filling came out,
this is a reason to call the dentist.
This might be an issue that needs to be addressed sooner than later.
Now let’s say that you can’t get into the dental office
for a couple of days for some reason and you need something,
it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go to your local drug store,
get some temporary tooth filling material and place that into the tooth.
Now this isn’t a permanent solution and again,
it’s not something I would typically recommend,
but for this situation,
it might give you some temporary relief until you can go into the dental office.
And now let’s talk about swelling.
If you’re experiencing some kind of swelling
on the side of your face, on the side of your jaw,
you’re feeling feverish, flu-like symptoms,
this might be an indication of an infection
and this is an emergency.
Call your dentist,
if you can’t be seen ASAP, go to the emergency room.
You might need IV antibiotics
and you need to get top of this before it gets worse.
Now on a smaller scale, if you have a little puffiness in the gums
or your gums are swollen or maybe you have a pimple near one of your teeth on the gums,
that might be an indication of a local infection.
Now this might not be as bad as the other situation,
but if left untreated, it could get a lot worse.
So this is another reason you want to call the dentist
as find out what’s going on
and if you could be seen sooner than later.
Now I’m gonna go back and talk about clenching
or grinding that we touched upon earlier.
Now clenching and grinding has a lot of different symptoms, a lot of different signs.
Your teeth might be sensitive, you might have some jaw soreness.
Maybe you have headaches, maybe neck strain,
maybe you have something that feels like a toothache
and you’ve gone to the dentist before and they couldn’t figure it out.
This is typically something associated with clenching.
Now clenching, if this was again, a normal time,
I would typically recommend going to the dentist
and they would make you some kind of a guard,
but if that’s just not a possibility right now,
the next best thing you could do is try
some de-stressing techniques.
Again, it is a strange time for everyone.
Our daytime, our nighttime schedules, all over the place.
Maybe you’re looking after the kids and you never had to before,
you’re stressed out.
Try to de-stress before bed if you can.
Give yourself an hour.
No electronics, maybe a hot tea, maybe a warm bath.
Try to calm yourself down.
Get your mind ready for bed
and hopefully you’ll have a more restful sleep
and you won’t be clenching or grinding your teeth.
Guys, this is a very trying time for everybody.
Everything’s flipped upside down.
Try to keep some kind of a routine.
Brush, floss, at least twice a day.
Try to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy
and hopefully we’ll get out of this sooner than later.
Take care and I’ll see you soon.
Hey everyone, Dr. Sako here.