What is Considered a Dental Emergency? - Apex Dental near Clover, Lake Wylie and Gastonia
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Dental emergencies can strike at any time and when you least expect it. Unexpected injuries to your mouth can be intensely painful, and may even lead to health complications if they aren’t treated by your dentist quickly.
If you are suffering from any of the following dental problems, time is of the essence. You can trust our Columbus emergency dentists to make every effort to treat your emergency dental issues on the same day and without notice.
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Contact an emergency dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of the following types of dental emergencies:
Cracked or Broken Tooth
Your teeth can break from severe dental decay, trauma, or biting down on something that is simply too hard. A tooth can also crack or fracture if you grind your teeth at night. Broken and cracked teeth may sometimes extend to the roots of your teeth and cause severe pain. If you notice a broken or cracked tooth, it’s important to see our Columbus emergency dentists as soon as you can to prevent further damage and alleviate pain.
Severe and Constant Tooth Pain
Severe tooth pain should never be ignored — especially when it’s constant and doesn’t go away. Our emergency dentists can get to the bottom of the pain which may stem from a bacterial infection or dental abscess. Often, a same-day emergency root canal treatment is recommended, or even an emergency tooth extraction if your tooth can’t be saved. If these things go untreated for too long, bacteria can spread throughout your bloodstream, make you very sick, and lead to serious health complications.
Tooth is Knocked Out (Avulsed Tooth)
If a permanent tooth gets knocked out of your mouth, you should never put off going to the dentist. In fact, your best chance of saving a tooth that has been knocked out is to see our emergency dentists within one hour. Keep your tooth in a small container with water or milk and some salt, then get to an emergency department right away if you want to save your tooth. If our dentists aren’t able to reattach it in time, you may be a good candidate for dental implant surgery.
Loss of a Tooth Filling
Tooth fillings don’t last forever and can come loose after years of chewing. If a filling falls out, you will definitely notice as the tooth will be very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, and pressure while you eat. If you lose a dental filling and are suffering from severe pain, contact our emergency dental team to prevent further damage that could lead to an infection later.
Dental Crown Falls Out
Dental crowns can also fall out if your natural teeth beneath crowns become severely decayed. When a large cavity forms under a crown, your tooth can change shape so the crown may no longer fit properly. If you notice that your dental crown has fallen out, make a dental appointment as soon as you can. Before your appointment, keep your crown in a container and a cool place as our emergency dentists may still be able to use it. If not, we will likely recommend you get a same-day dental crown.