A toothache might seem like a problem that’s easy to ignore, but any type of pain in your mouth should be taken seriously. While there are home remedies out there that may be able to help alleviate the pain, these solutions are only temporary and should never take the place of seeing a qualified dentist.
Toothaches typically occur as the result of tooth decay. This decay is monitored during regular dental appointments, but with six months between cleanings for most people the situation can escalate and require emergency care outside of those appointments.
Again, please contact us if you are experiencing any kind of tooth pain. Our flexible scheduling will allow you be seen quickly. If nothing else, you’ll receive the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a healthy mouth.
A dental infection, also known as an abscess, occurs when the pulp under a tooth’s enamel becomes inflamed. This occurs when the tooth’s enamel is weakened and the root is exposed because of severe tooth decay or a trauma like a chip or crack.
Symptoms of an abscess include fever, pain while chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold, a swollen neck glands, and an open sore on the gum near the affected tooth. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact us immediately.
The most common treatment for a dental infection is a root canal. In this procedure, the dentist will remove the infected parts of your tooth, then place a crown on the tooth to protect it from further damage.
Dental traumas like chipped teeth, cracked teeth, or teeth that have been hit hard or knocked out completely are the most obvious reason to seek emergency dental care. You should see a dentist as soon as possible after the trauma occurs.
Chances are, your daily life (eating, talking, etc.) will be affected by this trauma so it’s important to get it taken care of quickly. The situation can also escalate and affect other teeth if left unattended.
At your emergency appointment, our team will assess the situation and start working on a permanent solution to repair or replace the affected tooth or teeth. We’ll take X-rays of the affected area then develop your treatment plan accordingly.
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