Generally, your level of pain will determine whether you are experiencing a true dental emergency. The cause of your pain will determine the appropriate treatment.
Below are some common causes of dental emergencies:
Trauma to the Teeth:Besides pain as an indicator of a true dental emergency, a dislodged is always a dental emergency. If you have a tooth that has come out due to trauma, call your dentist immediately, rinse the tooth, and place it in a glass of milk until you can make it into the office. If your tooth has chipped or broken, try to find the pieces, and put them in milk, salt water, or saliva.
Adults who suffer traumatic tooth loss can also keep their tooth in its socket on the way to our office as the saliva will help keep it viable for replacement. We don’t recommend this for children due to a higher choking risk.
Refers to the inflammation of the tooth’s pulp, or inner tissue, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Usually, this is due to decay. Symptoms include sensitivities to hot and cold foods and sweets. Pulpitis can also cause generalized oral and facial pain. In some cases, the tooth may be saved by a filling, but it requires root canal therapy.
Pulpitis sometimes results from periodontitis (pyorrhea) a condition that can be localized to the soft tissue of the mouth or can signal an underlying illness. Antibiotics are usually necessary to treat the infection.
This is an infection at the root of a tooth, like pulpitis, it is typically due to extensive tooth decay. If you have an abscess, you may have fever, pain, redness, swelling, and a bitter taste in your mouth.
Treatment involves draining the abscess, a course of antibiotics and sometimes root canal therapy. In extreme cases, extraction may be necessary.
While not always a true emergency, if you have a crown that has come loose, it is very important to call our office for the next available appointment. If you wait, gum tissue can grow into the areas under the crown and complicate the repair.
If you suspect an infection or have another dental emergency in Tucker, GA…
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