A knocked-out tooth. A severe toothache. A loose crown. These are some common dental emergencies. While no one wants even a usual mishap with their teeth, there are a few rare ones that you definitely don’t want! Read on to learn more about four of the strangest dental emergencies to occur.
#1. “Not So Super” Dental Crown
Dental restorations are meant to last quite a long time, but they won’t last forever. When a crown falls out, the best thing to do is immediately contact your dentist to get it put back in or receive a replacement. Well, one woman decided to take matters into her own hands! She decided to reattach her crown by using super glue. Needless to say, it didn’t go well—not only did it not work, but the incredibly sticky substance got all over her mouth and throat and even glued her teeth together.
#2. Sprouting Tooth
Even a minor toothache can be annoying; but when it becomes more severe, a trip to the dentist becomes essential. Oftentimes, it can be attributed to untreated decay, which caused the tooth to be infected. That’s what one man thought was the reason for his aching tooth and gums. After an examination, the dentist agreed and decided root canal therapy was the solution. During the procedure, instead of finding plaque and tartar – there was a sprouting plant inside his tooth! Unbelievably, a tomato seed had gotten stuck in it and had started growing.
#3. Calculus Bridge is Falling Down
You have probably heard since you were young how important it is to brush your teeth every day. When essential oral hygiene is neglected, you leave open the door open for plaque and tartar to gather all around the teeth. When too much accumulates, a calculus bridge is formed—the buildup connects the teeth and gums together. Unfortunately, one man tried to get rid of it by brushing very intensely. The ”bridge” literally fell—resulting in his teeth falling out!
#4. Denture Odor
If you have dentures, you know how important it is to remove them every night to clean and soak them. This ensures the prosthetic remains clean and bacteria-free, as well as gives the gums a rest from the pressure throughout the day. Unfortunately, an elderly patient didn’t properly care for her dentures and left them in her mouth for months. She visited her dentist, and they knew what the problem was–a horrible smell was coming from her mouth due to a severe gum infection caused by neglected dentures.
Although dental emergencies can be unpredictable, there are certain oral hygiene habits you can implement daily to protect yourself from many of them. By cleaning your teeth on a regular basis–and attending your checkups and cleanings with your dentist every six months–you are more likely to keep your pearly whites safe and healthy!
About the Practice
Stonebriar Smile Design and its team of experts are eager to not only improve your smile’s health and appearance—but your overall wellness! They provide a full range of services, including preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency care. No matter what unexpected dental event occurs, you can count on them for a same-day appointment and an emergency exam right away to get you back to a whole, healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, contact them through their website or call (972) 377-7800.