Along those lines, it might be tempting to ignore a toothache. We’re all busy and it can be difficult to make time to see a dentist. However, even the slightest pain in your mouth should be addressed as quickly as possible. Home remedies may help temporarily reduce the pain, but they should never be used in place of a visit to the dentist.
Toothaches are most commonly caused by tooth decay. This decay happens in some form or another to everyone and is monitored during regular dental appointments every six months. However, things can escalate between those visits and require an “emergency” visit. This is an example of an instance where an appointment would be scheduled within one or two business days of receiving the initial call.
Even if the tooth pain does turn out to be nothing (which is unlikely), you’ll still have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your mouth is healthy and you don’t need any other type of procedure for the time being.
A dental infection or abscess occurs when the pulp under a tooth’s enamel becomes inflamed as a result of severe tooth decay or dental trauma like a chip or crack.
Symptoms of an abscess include:
- Pain while chewing
- Hot/cold sensitivity
- Swollen neck and/or salivary glands
- An open or draining sore on the gum near the affected tooth.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact us immediately for an emergency appointment.
A root canal is the most common treatment for an abscess. In this procedure, the dentist will drill out the infected roots add a crown on top of what remains of the tooth to prevent further damage and infection.
If you’ve chipped or cracked a tooth, or have one that’s been knocked out completely, you should definitely seek emergency dental care as soon as possible after the trauma occurs. Routine tasks and talking are likely affected by the injury; getting it corrected quickly will help you recover and resume normal activity in no time.
During your emergency visit, our team will take X-rays of the affected area to determine the severity of the situation. From there, we’ll develop a treatment plan for permanent and temporary solutions to correct the tooth or teeth impacted by the trauma.
You will likely leave the emergency appointment with a temporary crown or implant that will need to be switched out at a follow-up appointment once a permanent replacement is ready.
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