Signs You Need Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies are extremely painful, and you must receive prompt treatment to preserve your oral health. Although you may take care of your teeth by scheduling regular cleanings and exams, the truth is that you never know when a serious dental problem might happen. In most cases, these types of emergencies occur when you experience a sudden trauma such as a sports injury that affects your mouth. However, you can also experience severe pain or other signs of an emergency from past infections or wounds that begin to generate symptoms again.

Since you never know when a problem with your teeth or gums can arise, it is important to already have a plan in place for dealing with unexpected dental emergencies. Our dentists are available around the clock at Open Your Mouth so that you never have to wait long to find out what to do to get treatment that preserves your oral health.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

A chipped or cracked tooth can range from something as small as a minor fracture that is hardly detectable with the naked eye to major breaks that are obvious when you smile. While a minor crack that causes no symptoms can usually wait for a day or two, more serious breaks need immediate attention.

When a tooth is fractured, the damage can extend beyond the surface enamel and into the deeper layers of the tooth. When this happens, you will experience tooth sensitivity when you eat hot or cold foods. You may also have general throbbing pain in that tooth and in the surrounding gums that continues for hours after the initial injury. Severe cracks could cause even the air passing through your mouth to leave you in severe pain that stops you from being able to do things such as breathe and speak normally.

If left untreated, bacteria from your mouth can enter the cracked surface of your tooth and cause an infection within the root. Once this happens, you will find that your pain levels increase, which is a serious dental emergency. When you seek emergency dental care Philadelphia dentists provide, you will receive a prompt exam that checks to see the extent of the damage. Depending upon what your dentist decides, the crack can be repaired with a filling, crown or other type of restoration so that pain and the risk of infection is eliminated.

Lost or Damaged Tooth Restorations

Dental restorations help to strengthen treated teeth after fillings or root canals. However, they are never quite capable or restoring the original strength of the tooth enamel. For this reason, you will find that fillings and crowns can break down over time, which is an excellent reason why you need to keep up with routine exams and practice good oral hygiene.

While self care goes a long way toward preventing this type of emergency, you can still discover that a filling has cracked or fallen out of your mouth. Dental crowns can also come loose or completely fall off of your tooth. You may also find that your dentures or bridges can break if extreme forces are placed on your teeth.

A lost or damaged tooth restoration is considered an emergency when it causes pain or an inability to eat properly. For instance, a missing crown exposes the more sensitive surfaces of a prepared tooth, and you may have decay or other types of damage on the tooth that increases your discomfort.

Teeth that have lost their restoration are also at a greater risk for further breakage. If you lose a dental crown or filling, then avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you can receive emergency dental care Philadelphia residents depend upon to protect their teeth.

Sudden Tooth Loss

As an adult, it is never normal for a tooth to come loose or fall out. Severe gum disease could cause one or more of your teeth to fall out while you are eating food, or you could experience a severe blow to your mouth that causes a tooth to come loose. In either case, a missing tooth needs immediate treatment.

In some cases, a lost tooth can be put back into your mouth by an experienced dentist. In most cases, this must be done within only a short period of time or else the nerve tissues can die in the tooth. To have the best chances of preserving your tooth, try to place it back into the socket and hold it there in your mouth until your dentist can help.

If it is not possible to hold the tooth in the socket, then rinse off any debris with water and place it in a glass of milk or tooth preservative. This helps to keep the tooth from drying out and it may preserve the internal structure of the tooth. You should also know that your dentist can still help even if you have completely lost your tooth. In this type of situation, dental treatment options may consist of implants and other types of tooth replacement that at least allow you to feel comfortable smiling and eating.

Severe Pain or Swelling

Dental trauma or infections also cause severe pain and swelling that make it impossible to think about anything else. For example, a severe infection in the root of your tooth can cause pain to radiate down your jaw or up into your head. Your severe pain can also make it impossible to get a full night’s sleep.

Infections in your mouth can also cause your jaw, cheeks or neck to swell. This can be caused by an accumulation of pus in the area, or you may have inflammation from infection spreading through your jawline. Your dentist never wants you to be in severe pain that limits you from performing your normal daily activities. Severe pain could also indicate that a prior issue is getting worse, and infection spreading through this region of your body is dangerous.

When you call for emergency dental treatment, always mention if you are in severe pain so that you can be seen right away. You can also describe the type of pain that you are feeling. For instance, your dentist can use information such as whether there is throbbing or burning sensations to further assess the situation.

Signs of a Dental Abscess

A dental abscess typically occurs when your tooth or gums become infected. In some cases, a dental abscess is caused by a minor issue such as food getting stuck below your gum line. In others, you may have raging infection in the root of a tooth and need medicine to eliminate the bacterial overgrowth.

Dental abscesses should never be ignored because the infection can spread to the surrounding teeth and oral tissues. Always call for an emergency visit when you have a bubble of pus near a tooth or on your gums, a fever or severe pain that occurs in the same area.

Dental pain and other emergency symptoms interfere with your more than just your comfort. Immediate treatment is critical during a dental emergency to ensure that you don’t suffer from further damage caused by infections or a missing tooth. When you need help right away, Open Your Mouth has plans in place to restore your oral health and comfort immediately.

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