Emergency Dental Services

We offer an array of dental services for patients who have an emergency. 

Toothaches

Toothaches are a common problem, and generally, although not always, is rather serious. Its most common cause is tooth decay. Tooth decay is a serious health concern but can be prevented with proper oral hygiene. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth destroy the enamel of the teeth. This causes cavities, which are holes in the teeth.

The way bacteria destroy the teeth is through a sticky substance called plaque, Plaque is the build-up of sugar on the teeth, and it makes acids. It is these acids which damage the enamel.

The way cavities are healed is by filling them. Filling cavities is a process which begins with the numbing of the gums around the decayed tooth. Next is the removal of the tooth decay, usually by means of a drill. After that, the dentist fills in the gap left with composite filings. These filings immediately restore the tooth to its full health and strength.

Prosthetic Emergencies

This type of dentistry replaces missing teeth. It concerns crowns, bridges, and dentures. A crown is essentially a “crown” for one’s teeth. It goes over the top of an existing tooth in order to strengthen it. It helps to protect teeth that are broken or severely decayed. A bridge is a fake tooth. It is put in place of a tooth which no longer is in the mouth. A bridge is connected to the adjacent teeth using crowns.

Dentures are fake teeth which one uses when teeth are missing. This differs from the other two types of dental implants because they are removable. There are two types of dentures- full and partial. Full dentures cover the entire mouth, whereas partial dentures are generally used as an alternative to a bridge.

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma is any injury done to the teeth or gums. This injury can, generally, be classified as either concussive or fractured. Concussed teeth are teeth which have suffered from an injury not easily visible to the naked eye. They do not affect the appearance of a tooth and can be detected by a tender feeling within it. Fractured teeth are teeth which have suffered a physical injury, such as cracking or chipping.

Injuries Involving the Whole Body of the Tooth: Time is of the Essence!

Dental emergencies are on a spectrum of urgency. Some require care soon, while others require it immediately These emergencies are usually fairly obvious to notice. An example of one would be severe physical damage to a tooth. This could result from a number of things, most notably from a sports injury. This is classified as an emergency if the tooth has nerve damage or if there is a large piece of it missing.

Another category of emergency dental care is oral infections. Some of these infections, such as cold sores, do not require immediate medical attention. Others, however, such as those that cause swelling in the mouth, do require immediate care. These types of infections are highly dangerous and can potentially cause death. This is because the bacteria that caused the infection can travel to the heart.

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Swellings and Swollen Faces

Swelling can be an alarming symptom that can occur in the face. There are several common causes of this. They include salivary gland infections, tooth abscesses, angioedema, and sinus infections.

Salivary glands, located in the cheeks, can sometimes become infected. This causes them to swell. It is important to have this emergency treated swiftly, as the problem can worsen if left untreated. However, as long as it is treated quickly there will be no further complications.

Tooth abscesses are a bit more serious of an infection. This occurs when bacteria travel inside of the teeth. This usually occurs because of an untreated cavity or fractured tooth. This, of course, can be easily avoided by keeping up with dental care.

Angioedema is a skin infection which can be caused allergies to food, medications, pollen, etc. Swelling occurs not just in the cheeks but throughout the whole face. Other symptoms include watery eyes and vomiting.

Sinus infections are a fairly common affliction usually following a cold. They usually heal on their own and there is no need for medical attention

Wisdom Teeth and Pericoronitis

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that people get in their early twenties. These often come into mouth at an improper angle and require removal. Pericoronitis is an infection that can occur from wisdom teeth coming into the mouth. This happens when they do not have the room to fully come through the gum. This can cause extreme discomfort and serious health problems. It is very important to seek dental assistance with wisdom teeth.

Bleeding After an Extraction

After tooth extraction, bleeding will occur for a period of time, and it is very important to take good care of it for the first twenty-four hours. Following a tooth extraction, one must cause the blood in the tooth socket to clot. This will stop the bleeding and enable the tooth socket to heal. The way this is done is by applying pressure to a piece of gauze inside of the tooth socket. After this, steps such as eating soft food for the next twenty-four hours will mitigate any other effects of the extraction.

Sometimes, however, the bleeding does not stop. In this case, it is critical to receive dental care in order to stop it. The dentist will be able to assess the situation and determine the best way to halt the bleeding.

Pain After a Dental Extraction and Dry Socket

It is normal to experience pain after a tooth extraction, and it is something which can be managed in several ways. One of those is by taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen. Other methods include things such as icing the cheeks and eating soft and cool foods such as ice cream.

A dry socket is an excruciating condition that can occur when the blood clot formed after an extraction becomes removed. The removal of the blood clot causes the nerves underneath to be revealed. This is incredibly painful. One must receive medical care if this happens. The dentist, to treat this, will clean the dry socket and apply a medicated dressing to it.

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