Dental emergencies are something that you can’t always anticipate happening. It’s more likely they’ll show up at the most inconvenient time possible.
From broken teeth and chipped fillings that need immediate attention to cracked crowns because of falls or sports-related injuries; there are many types of trauma you may experience if something goes wrong with your pearly whites. The good news is that in most situations, our dedicated dental team can complete an emergency treatment in just one visit, and help you with your oral pain.
What is Typically Considered a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation where a patient needs urgent care for their mouth. One of the most common symptoms is pain. If you have pain when chewing food or feel like your jaw hurts after eating, then you should call your local dentist immediately. You don’t want to wait until later because once the swelling starts, it might be too late! When you call us, we’ll ask some questions about what happened before determining whether it qualifies as an emergency.
Some of the most common types of dental trauma include:
- Broken/knocked out tooth
- Severe toothache
- Broken/lost dental fixture
- Soft tissue cut that causes oral bleeding
- Tooth Pain
There are many causes for severe toothache and the severity of your toothache can be a sign that it’s time to visit your dentist. The most common cause of dental pain is an infection in one or more teeth, which may have been caused by tooth decay, gum disease, injury from trauma, or other reasons. If you experience any type of severe pain when chewing food, biting down on hard objects, or even just touching certain areas of your mouth, then this could indicate that something serious has occurred.
When your tooth is knocked out, it can be excruciatingly painful and a major cause of concern. To manage the pain and the broken tooth, you need to head straight to the emergency dentist to reinsert the broken tooth. Avoid any at-home remedies or treatments that may prolong recovery time as you want your dentist to take care of it as soon as possible.
Prior to seeing your dentist, you will need to do the following to preserve the tooth.
- Pickup the tooth by the crown (the chewing surface that sticks out of the gum), NOT by the root
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm water
- If the tooth is dirty, use water to gently rinse the tooth
- Reposition the tooth in the socket immediately if possible
- Keep the tooth moist at all times – whether it’s in your mouth or put it in milk
- See your local dentist within 30 minutes to an hour
A dental abscess can be very painful, and should not be taken lightly. Signs of one include fever, a foul taste in the mouth, pus around tooth roots or swelling in your jaw area. Seek your local emergency dentist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. An untreated infection could lead to other health problems like sepsis and blood clots which would require hospitalization for treatment.
If you show signs of bleeding from your gums, it can be an early sign of an undiagnosed gum disease. A form of gum disease is gingivitis that starts as an infection. Luckily, this stage can be reversed and one symptom is bleeding gums! Gingivitis is common because it’s painless for most patients and they don’t realize it until they visit the dentist. It takes proper oral hygiene with regular dental exams to treat this condition successfully in the first stages before serious damage sets in!
If gingivitis is left untreated, it will lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is when your gums are infected and bleed excessively, causing pain or swelling in the area. Other signs of periodontal disease may include mouth sores, receding gums, loose or separating teeth, pus between the gums, and persistent bad breath. It’s important to get treated for bleeding gums because it will get worse if left untreated, and will lead to tooth loss.
If you notice that your mouth is swollen for more than a day, it’s time to see an emergency dentist. This could be because of any of the following reasons: tooth or gum infection (leading to swelling), gum disease, early indication of oral cancer, and even just having too many teeth crammed into a relatively small area. To get the true cause of your problem, consult with your emergency dentist so she may provide you with a treatment plan.
Your teeth are not supposed to be moving once they have matured. Having tooth mobility could be a symptom of serious underlying problems. If this happens, it is important to seek emergency dental care quickly before things get worse.
During your emergency dental visit, the first step would be an oral exam which will detect whether there is a problem with one or more teeth. Next up: x-rays to see what’s going on inside your teeth and gums. Once we detect the problem, your dentist will provide you with a treatment plan of how they will treat your dental concern.
Persisting Canker Sore
Canker sores are not a cause of concern unless they don’t heal in a couple of weeks. If this happens, visit your nearest dental clinic and have them looked at by your dentist to avoid oral infections that could harm the body internally if left untreated.
If you find yourself waking up with the same headache each morning, it could be a sign of something else going on. Your teeth and your head are connected so any pain in your mouth or jaw can affect how often you get headaches. If the headache is constant, then bruxism may present itself as an issue.
Patients that constantly grind their teeth commonly experience more frequent migraines because they’re grinding down tooth enamel which leads to increased sensitivity in their gums too! In some cases, the treatment is as simple as wearing a custom fitted mouth guard at night. If there’s no relief after the prescribed length of time by your dentist, talk to your dentist about further treatment like using a dental splint.
Contact us for your emergency dental care in Fairview, TX
A trip to the emergency dentist can mean more than just a toothache. For patients who are experiencing dental problems, it’s imperative to pay close attention to what’s happening in your mouth to prevent further dental problems.
At Sloan Creek Dental in Fairview, our team of dental professionals are committed to serving patients in the community. We are proud to offer emergency dental care for any emergency you might have with our flexible office hours and state-of-the-art equipment. During your emergency visit, we’ll listen to your concerns so we can better serve you. Our goal is not just restorative dentistry but also preventive care that will ensure your smile stays healthy!
To schedule an appointment for emergency dental services, call our office at (972) 468-1440 to request an appointment. We’ll be happy to talk to you about how we can help.