A dental emergency can occur due to many reasons. They are often the result of an unexpected impact on the mouth or caused by an infection.
In case of a dental emergency, seek the services of a dentist immediately. The sooner help is sought for dental injuries such as a knocked-out tooth or painful infection; the more likely an injured tooth can be repaired. On the other hand, if the injuries are not treated at the earliest, they may develop into more significant, painful, or more expensive dental issues.
If you experience any of the following dental conditions, you need emergency dental care:
Pain causing severe discomfort to your jaw, neck, or ear is a common sign of a serious dental issue. This pain is often accompanied by a sore mouth, sensitivity, and facial swelling. An emergency dentist will perform an exam and take a few X-rays to determine the cause of the pain and try to give you relief.
While brushing or flossing, if you notice bleeding in the gums, it is a cause for concern. It could be a warning sign of gingivitis or gum disease. After the disease reaches a certain point, it can severely affect the health of your teeth. Treatment of early gum disease is of primary importance to preserve your smile.
As an adult, losing a tooth will not only be painful but also disastrous in terms of aesthetics. If a tooth is cracked, falls out, or is loose, quick action can help save the tooth. It can be replanted immediately.
Swelling can be a vital sign of infection in your mouth. It can be potentially life-threatening. Hence it’s essential to consult your dentist right away. The swelling can occur in your gums, face, or even your lymph nodes. If not treated, the infection can get into your bloodstream and cause severe health issues.
The condition of your cracked or broken tooth will determine the type of treatment given to you. The top priority will be the saving of the tooth. To achieve that, you must seek emergency care immediately.
While the loss of a crown or filling isn’t essentially a dental emergency, it could cause painful sensitivity because the treated tooth is now exposed to the outside elements. To get relief from tooth sensitivity, the restorations will have to be replaced at the earliest.
Call us at Shepherd Dental or schedule an online appointment to know more about dental emergencies.