Accidents can take place at any time. Whether it is caused by biting into particularly hard food or by some sort of physical trauma, these issues can have a serious effect on your dental health. Minor accidents like mild chipping or dull pain can often be treated by arranging a regular dental examination. However, in extreme situations, emergency dentistry can help relieve severe pain while at the same time averting permanent damage to your dental health.
None of us are ready for an emergency, but you want to make sure that you have some immediate help and support when one does happen unexpectedly. That holds particularly true in the case of dental emergencies. When a patient has an out-of-the-blue situation, such as when a tooth falls out or when a toothache flares up, they often can't wait to schedule an appointment in advance; they require treatment at the earliest.
What are the situations when you need Emergency Dental Care?
1. If a person has been suffering from toothache and then noticed that the tooth has become numb, it could indicate that the bacteria have reached the tip of the tooth's root. When the bacteria get to the root, they can attack the nerve that leads to the tooth, and damage to this nerve can cause numbness of the tooth, signifying that the infection has moved deeper. If a tooth that has been paining goes numb, then you need dental attention immediately. There may be an abscess around the root next to the nerve that may necessitate an emergency root canal.
2. A dental abscess usually develops around an infection. Abscesses can form close to a cavity or around a section of severely infected gum. The symptoms include patients sensing a foul taste in their mouth, swollen glands on the neck, and pus that regularly runs to the back of the mouth, irritating the throat. Just like any other infection, it's vital to deal with abscesses as quickly as possible. Infections can become more severe over time, causing further complications and, in extreme cases, toxic shock. Emergency dental care helps to relieve the pain from abscesses, fight the underlying infection, and treat the root cause of the problem.
3. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It's where bacteria damage the delicate surface of the gums, exposing the capillaries below. People with gingivitis can experience bleeding after brushing, but usually, this isn't a medical emergency. However, if the bleeding is severe and the gums ache, it has to be taken care of immediately
4. The most common cause in younger adults is an injury. If you've suffered a facial injury and now have a loose tooth, you must seek immediate help to save the tooth and prevent infection from developing around the gum.
5. A swollen jaw is a dental emergency. It implies the presence of an infection that requires antibiotics to correct. Swollen jaws caused by periodontal disease can be extremely painful and prevent you from eating or sleeping. If your jaw is swollen, you require emergency care immediately.
6. Extreme fatigue could be an indication that there is a severe lingering bacterial infection in your mouth that you need to address. Emergency treatment allows you to ascertain whether there is an infection in your mouth or rule it out as a possible cause of your tiredness.
Call us at Smile Fresh Dental or schedule an online appointment to know more about Emergency Dentistry.