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What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is a problem involving the teeth, gums, or jaw that requires immediate treatment. There are various types and levels of dental emergencies. Pain, swelling, bleeding, a broken or loose tooth are alconsidered dental emergencies. Sometimes the cause is an accident or trauma, other times symptoms may be subtle and increase over time.
How We Can Help
Dental emergencies can be stressful. It’s good to know that our office is especially considerate of people calling in with pain or a cosmetic emergency. Many people feel stressed because they have put off treatment as long as they could, and now they can’t any longer. We understand. Our priority is to relieve your pain and return you to comfort.
Your Symptoms & What They Could Mean
Cold sensitivity generally means that something is irritating the nerve of the tooth. Often that means a cavity, but it could also mean that your teeth are exposed to acids. Most beverages, other than water, are acidic. Juices, bottled tea, and sodas are particularly sensitizing to teeth. Initially, the teeth become sweet or cold sensitive. Later, cavities are likely to form. Cold or sweet sensitivity is mostly reversible by treating the tooth decay and eliminating the sources of sugar and acid.
Hot and cold sensitivity may mean that the dental nerve isn’t healthy and that a root canal procedure is required. Please don’t be anxious about that phrase. A root canal is a very comfortable procedure most of the time. If you are nervous about this, please tell Dr. Siegelman or Dr. Currier. They will answer your questions and reassure you.
Hot sensitivity, throbbing, a sensation that goes back to the ear, lasting pain that starts on its own are root canal symptoms, that need treatment as soon as possible.
Facial swelling is an urgent problem, and you should have antibiotics right away. If our office is not available immediately, for any reason, it’s best to contact your physician, or an urgent care center. While a dental procedure may be needed, at least the antibiotics will control any infection.
*If your emergency is a broken front tooth, bring the fragment or tooth with you to your appointment.
Dental emergencies can be painful, stressful, and frightening; take a deep breath and know our team will help you every step of the way. If you’re having a dental emergency or if you have any questions about dental emergencies, please give us a call and we will give you guidelines for your situation. Our team will help you get the treatment you need as soon as possible.