Dental emergencies are usually toothaches or accidents that involve the teeth or mouth, bleeding, swelling, and infections. Whenever there is a dental emergency, it is better to seek Dr. Lee to save the tooth or teeth and to prevent infections from occurring or becoming more serious.
The common dental emergencies that are usually reported are as follows:
An abscessed tooth infection is caused by bacteria entering your tooth through a cavity and reaching the root canal. Left untreated, this can lead to an abscess developing outside of your gums. This can cause swelling in your face and neck and be very painful. If you notice that one of your teeth is suddenly sensitive to hot and cold and hurts when you touch it or chew on it, you may have an abscessed tooth. It’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible for treatment.
A broken tooth can be painful. If it’s a front tooth, it can make it difficult to eat and speak normally. If it’s your back teeth, you may experience a lot of pain when chewing food because it’s closer to the nerves in your tooth. You may also feel pain or discomfort from air getting between the spaces of your molars. If you suspect that one of your back teeth is broken, it’s important to have it checked out by your dentist right away to avoid further complications.
Your jaw can also be injured in an accident. It may fracture due to whiplash in a car accident, biting down on something hard like a piece of ice, or a sports injury. Your dentist may be able to treat your jaw with medication, but in some extreme cases, surgery may be required.
Damaged or Loose Fillings
While fillings are designed to last a long time, they can still break or become loose over time. If this happens to you, your dentist can fit you for a new filling so you can have your tooth back in its original shape.
If you don’t get a filling replaced in a timely manner, it could lead to further damage to your teeth or even an infection in your mouth. Infection may not cause pain right away, but it can lead to serious problems if left untreated. And if you end up needing more extensive work done to fix your damaged tooth, it could end up costing more than getting a filling in the first place!
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
A chipped tooth, a crack in a tooth, or even a lost filling can seem like an emergency to a patient. While these problems aren’t as immediately threatening as a broken jaw or severe infection, they are unsightly and uncomfortable for many patients. Luckily, there are treatments that can repair these minor issues!
Dental emergencies can happen when least expected. While you may not be able to prevent accidents, you can plan ahead for possible issues. Here are several ways to prepare for a dental emergency:
For knocked-out tooth:
For an abscess:
To make jaw pain less severe for a little while:
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