Do You Have a True Dental Emergency?

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Do You Have a True Dental Emergency?

Some dental emergencies are obvious, others are subtle. Blood can be scary, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a major problem. Pain may come and go, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t suffering with an undiagnosed major oral health problem. If you suspect you’re dealing with a dental emergency, contact your emergency dentist in West Roxbury for help.

Signs of a Dental Emergency

  • Dislodged tooth: If a tooth has come out, been shoved into the gum, or dramatically shifted in its socket, you have a serious problem. The sooner you see a dentist, the greater chance the tooth can be saved or repaired.
  • Severe tooth pain: Tooth pain could mean many different things. You could have a cavity, a deep tooth infection, a cracked tooth, and more. If you have pain, swelling, fever, or bad breath, you may be suffering from an abscess. Sure, maybe you have a tortilla chip or popcorn stuck in your gum. Maybe you have brain freeze. But any emergency tooth pain that comes on suddenly and stays there is the sign of an oral health problem that needs to be tended to, stat.  
  • Mouth or jaw injury: Car accident, sporting injury, a fall, a fistfight – if you suffer a violent mouth or jaw injury, you should always have a dentist examine your teeth and gums. Even if you do not have any obvious problems, there may be damage under the surface.

Solutions for Dental Emergencies

Depending on the dental emergency you are having, the solutions will vary. Quite often, the following dental procedures are used:

  • Root canal:  An emergency root canal is often used to tend to a problem tooth. An untreated cavity or injury can cause an infection that must be drained and treated promptly. The tooth roots are completely cleaned out, sealed off, and the tooth is usually capped with a crown to complete the repair.
  • Porcelain crown: Crowns are often used to correct minor dental emergencies, like a broken tooth, a chipped tooth, or a lost filling or crown. In situations like these, the damage, though it may be unsightly, does not necessarily have to be treated immediately. It is, however, better to have the problem addressed sooner rather than later.
  • Extraction: The more extreme cases of tooth damage or infection may result in extraction. While your West Roxbury dentist will take every measure to save your tooth, sometimes the most logical route is to pull it. This will relieve your pain and, once the area is healed, you can get a dental implant to replace the missing tooth.

Tooth pain can be debilitating – you may have swelling, difficulty eating and drinking and speaking – and the only way to get relief is to have the problem treated right away. Your dentist will figure out what’s really going on. If your tooth pain is constant, the the problem will not go away on its own.

If you are experiencing tooth pain or any other kind of dental emergency, contact West Roxbury Dental Arts to schedule an emergency dental appointment and get treatment immediately before the problem gets worse.

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