What Should I Do If I Have A Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies can be a frightening experience, but if left untreated they can possibly develop into more serious dental issues that could jeopardize your systemic health. Our offices at Dental365 offer multiple Dental Emergency Services to ensure that you have access to the top dental care when you need it. Our team of experts, including general dentists, oral surgeons, and other specialists can help with a wide range of dental emergencies you may experience and help you relieve pain or discomfort.
How Do I Know If I Have A Dental Emergency?
What constitutes a dental emergency? There are some dental health issues that present themselves as more urgent than others; however, the most important thing to know is that if you feel you are experiencing a dental emergency, call your dentist right away. At Dental365, we are here for you - even at night or on the weekends.
Common Dental Emergencies
There are a variety of common dental emergencies that should prompt you to reach out to your dentist.
The most common type of dental emergency you may experience is a root infection that will require root canal therapy. The symptoms of a root infection may include:
- Sensitivity to biting or chewing
- Jaw pain
- Swelling in your face or cheek
- Severe or persistent throbbing that may be felt through the jawbone, neck or ear
Root infections need to be treated immediately otherwise it is possible for them to spread and cause further issues which may require more invasive treatment.
During treatment the affected part of the tooth will be removed and sealed with an inert dental material in order to prevent further spread of the infection. In the event where no conservative methods are possible, tooth extraction may be necessary.
Another type of dental emergency is a broken tooth which can be caused from a variety of reasons. Sports injuries, untreated cavities, trauma, even eating hard foods are some of the possible causes for broken teeth. A broken tooth is absolutely a dental emergency. Leaving broken or missing teeth is associated with other dental issues such as an increased risk of gum disease, which has been linked to increased Alzheimer’s and even certain cancers. Additionally broken or missing teeth may cause teeth to shift, leading to difficulty chewing or a crooked smile. Broken teeth can often be fixed by your dentist using a number of different restorations if they are addressed quickly.
For denture patients, if your denture breaks it will be difficult to eat or speak properly. For patients who rely on their dentures for common function, breakage can constitute a dental emergency and should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent pain or discomfort that may follow as a result. For some types of denture breakages, Dental365 can offer same day denture repair services to make sure you can return to your normal activity quickly and efficiently!
Other Dental Emergencies
While these are the most common types of dental emergencies, there are many other issues that may fall into the same category. If you are in any pain or discomfort and are unsure whether or not it is an emergency, be sure to contact your dental team. They can discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing and determine whether or not you should be coming into the office for an emergency visit.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, including dental pain, it is important to seek medical attention right away. The skilled dentists at Dental365 can alleviate your pain and restore your smile to full health. Call us today at 844.365.DENTAL or request an appointment through our website at any time.