When a toothache continues for several days, when a portion of the tooth breaks off, or when someone knocks a tooth out, an emergency dentist is the best course of action. It is important to save as many natural teeth as possible to preserve the dental structure, to keep the mouth in good health, and to help avoid large bills for dental replacements later on. Below are several reasons for one to visit an emergency dentist.
A toothache is one of the most common reasons people visit an emergency dentist. If a tooth is sore for more than two days, even after rinsing with warm water and avoiding hard foods, it is important to visit an emergency dentist. If there is swelling around the tooth or any pus excretion, one might have a tooth abscess. In other cases, the pain may be a symptom of a severe cavity or a sign that root canal treatment is necessary.
If the pain is unbearable from the start, it is in the individual's best interest to seek an emergency dentist as soon as possible.
A knocked-out tooth is another common reason to visit an emergency dentist. The sooner one acts, the better chance an emergency dentist can re-insert the tooth. Upon losing an adult tooth, rinse it with water and preserve it by placing it back into the socket or in a container of milk. It is important to not disrupt any of the roots or tissues attached to it. The most successful re-implantations occur when patients bring the knocked-out tooth to an emergency dentist within an hour of it falling out. Patients who seek emergency treatment early may save money by not having to purchase expensive dental implants.
Partially Knocked-out Tooth
Like a knocked-out tooth, partially knocked-out teeth need to be seen by an emergency dentist immediately. The tooth may be partially out of alignment but still connected with the nerves. An emergency dentist will be able to tell if the tooth can be put back into the correct position or if it needs removal. At this stage, we can save the tooth, but we need to do so as soon as possible for the best chance.
If one chips or cracks a tooth and is experiencing discomfort, visiting an emergency dentist is the best course of immediate action. A chipped or cracked tooth will not only cause pain to the individual but can also be difficult to clean on a regular basis. Until arriving at our office, keep the area free of swelling with a cold compress. This will also help with discomfort. If a chipped or cracked tooth is not fixed, it can lead to severe cavities.
Lost Filling or Crown
Since fillings and crowns protect your tooth from decay. If a filling or crown falls out, the tooth will be left vulnerable to more decay and discomfort. Keep the crown and bring it to our office in case we can re-adhere it to the tooth. If one can slip the crown back on until his or her visit, then it is important to try so without damaging the crown, filling or tooth.
These are only a few of the possible reasons that one may need to visit our emergency dentist. We will treat your pain as soon as we are able. Do not risk losing your teeth or gaining a bigger infection because you did not visit the dentist immediately and call us today.
Emergency Dental Care
When you chip a tooth, knock out an adult tooth, crack a molar or damage the teeth in any other way, we can provide emergency dental care. The sooner you receive professional dental treatment, the better.
Pearl Shine Dental
At Pearl Shine Dental in Houston, we work to customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule where possible. Our professional staff aims to create a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. We will identify any dental issues you are struggling with and work with you to find the solution that works best for you.
Our staff seeks to create a comforting environment at the office to ease patients into the procedure. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of quality oral health. At Pearl Shine Dental, your dental health is our prime concern.
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