What is a dental emergency? That is a question many patients wrestle with when they experience a problem with their teeth or gums.
Many people don’t want to risk calling something an emergency if it really isn’t, especially when their lives are full of important obligations. But putting off care during certain critical situations can be detrimental to your oral health, leading to more expensive and extensive treatment down the road.
Here are some common dental emergencies that should never be ignored.
- Loss of a Permanent Tooth
Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime. So, if one comes out, you should seek immediate treatment.
Often, “adult” teeth only fall out after an injury or severe health condition, like an oral infection. If acted upon quickly, some permanent teeth can be reattached, restoring your smile. But, the window in which this is an option is short, so you must act fast.
And, if the underlying cause of the loss is an infection, you also need to get treatment for the condition as soon as possible. Otherwise, the infection may spread and have serious health consequences.
- Cracks or Chips
If a tooth is unexpectedly cracked or chipped, it’s wise to seek out emergency care. Without proper treatment, bacteria can enter the tooth through the damaged area, increasing the risk of infection and the odds you’ll need an invasive treatment, like a root canal.
Your Dallas dentist at Wow Dental can restore the tooth, preventing the risk of further damage or an infection. Treatment can also eliminate any pain you may be experiencing, which is certainly a great benefit.
- Severe Toothache
In most cases, a serious toothache is a sign of dental decay or an infection, both of which should be treated as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a throbbing pain, you should always assume the situation is serious and that being seen immediately by your Dallas dentist is a priority.
It is important to note that you should never treat a severe toothache by placing aspirin directly on the tooth or gums, as this can cause burns and damage the soft tissue. However, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers orally, such as ibuprofen, and a cold compress may ease discomfort while you make your way to your appointment.
- Abscesses and Pus
A dental abscess or any signs of pus in the mouth indicate a serious infection and should be treated immediately. An abscess typically presents as a hard, painful bump in the gum tissue, and is often filled with pus. The presence of visible discharge may suggest an abscess has burst or that an open infection is present.
In either case, your Dallas dentist can prescribe the necessary medication and assess the situation to determine if additional treatment is needed.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call our Dallas dental office immediately at (972) 709-4867. We will work to get you seen as soon as possible, ensuring you get the treatment you need to restore your dental health.