A dental emergency is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate treatment.
There are several cases where you should contact our office as soon as possible to avoid long-term damage to your teeth. These cases can include:
- Trauma to the mouth and face
- Teeth being knocked out of the gums
- Broken teeth caused by an accident or injury
- Cracked teeth causing severe pain
- Unexplained and severe dental pain that can’t be managed
by over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil
- Severe infection, such as an abscess and inflammation
- Bleeding or pus present in the gums
Please don’t delay in contacting our office if you experience any of these symptoms. We want to provide our patients with the best possible chance of saving their teeth if they have been in an accident or have damaged their teeth due to an accident or injury.
Please remember that emergency dental care is generally focused on pain alleviation at your first appointment. Thereafter, follow-up appointments are usually needed to treat the root issue.
The root cause of a toothache or dental injury helps determine the appropriate treatment. To get a better idea, our dentist, Dr. Prasad, will do an examination of your mouth, teeth, gums, jaw and tongue. Digital X-rays may need to be taken at your appointment. Based on his findings, possible treatment options may include extraction and antibiotics. If an infected nerve is the problem, a root canal may be necessary.
Pus and swelling can be a sign of a serious infection. This abscess can lead to tooth decay and even the loss of your tooth. Taking over-the-counter pain medication is not enough to treat pain and eliminate an infection – you may need an antibiotic, which can be prescribed by our dentist.
The longer you wait, the harder it will be to treat the potential infection or restore the tooth that is damaged. If you are not sure if your concerns are considered a dental emergency, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist you.