A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate treatment. Often, dental emergencies involve severe pain. However, a dental emergency does not only mean a severe toothache. Any issue that causes you pain is considered an emergency. Listed below are some of the common dental emergencies.
A broken tooth can be scary, but dental emergencies like this are more common than you may think! Your teeth can take a lot of punishment from your food, and that can eventually take a toll on the structure of your tooth. Sometimes this will result in the tooth breaking off at the gum line. When this happens, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible to restore the tooth and prevent further damage to your mouth.
When the injury is severe enough to require professional treatment, your dentist will clean the area and repair the damaged tooth. This is usually accomplished with either a dental crown or a filling. However, if the damage is too extensive, it may be necessary for your dentist to extract the tooth altogether and replace it with a dental implant.
If you experience a car accident or sports injury resulting in losing a tooth, it is important to see a dentist right away to replace the missing tooth. If it is a baby tooth that has been lost, your dentist may recommend a space maintainer to keep the other teeth from shifting and to prevent future orthodontic issues.
A knocked-out tooth should be rinsed off in the water and then carefully placed back into the socket in the gums. If it is not possible to reinsert the tooth into the mouth, keep it in milk or water until you can talk to the dentist about repairing it. Talk to your dentist as soon as possible to ensure the health of the knocked-out tooth.
A toothache is one of the most common reasons people seek emergency dental care. The pain can range from mild to severe and may be constant or occur intermittently. Sometimes, the pain does not occur in a tooth but in the gums around one or more teeth. Toothaches often occur when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the pulp of the tooth and cause more serious issues. If you are experiencing a toothache, it’s important to call us immediately so we can determine its cause and treat it quickly.
If there’s ever a problem with your filling or crown, you should have it fixed as soon as possible. Leaving a gap in your teeth can eventually lead to tooth decay and may require more extensive treatment in the future. If you have a lost filling, your dentist will need to remove the decay before placing a new filling. For a lost dental crown, the replacement process will be much simpler because you will not need to remove any of the old tooth structures. If you lose a filling or crown, call our office immediately to schedule an appointment with our office. We will get you back to smiling in no time!
An abscess forms when bacteria infect the soft tissues of the mouth, causing them to swell up and form pockets of infection. If left untreated, an abscess can spread to the bloodstream. When this occurs, the infection can be treated with antibiotics, but it becomes much harder to control the infection. Symptoms include swollen gums, pain, and fever. Be sure to see a dentist as soon as you notice these symptoms to avoid a more serious problem.
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