First, we should mention that you do not have to be in pain to have a dental emergency! This is a common misconception, and while most emergencies include pain, not all do. For example, a broken braces bracket needs to be fixed immediately, but it might not be as painful as a knocked-out tooth.
Tooth or Gum Pain
Unbearable tooth or gum pain is a warning sign that you need to call our office as soon as possible. There are several causes of this type of pain, including an infection. The sooner we can see you, the sooner we can help you regain your comfort level.
Teeth That Are Chipped, Cracked, or Broken
Whether from an injury, accident, or dental decay, teeth can chip, crack, or break. If this happens, we need to know right away to help relieve your pain and prevent infection. Acting fast may also help save the tooth.
Losing Your Temporary Crown
It can be tempting not to consider this a dental emergency, especially if you do not have any sensitivity. However, temporary crowns are necessary to prevent shifting. Too much movement may mean your new crown no longer fits, and we will need to take another round of impressions before preparing another crown.
A Filling That is Lost or Broken
Biting into something sticky or hard can dislodge, crack, or break a filling. Dental decay under or around a filling can also cause this to happen. Exposed teeth can further deteriorate or even become infected. However, this may be prevented with a simple call to Care Dental Center!
A Tooth That Has Been Knocked Out
A knocked-out tooth is a typical dental emergency that Care Dental Center sees. It is always essential to see a dentist or doctor within an hour of the incident to maximize the chance of saving the tooth. In the meantime, rinse the tooth in warm water, and be careful not to remove any pulp or tissue. If it will not go back into its socket, put it in milk to preserve it. You may also hold it in your mouth with a large amount of saliva coating it. If Care Dental Center is unavailable, refer to the closest emergency room.
Gums That Are Inflamed
Inflamed gums are one of the initial warning signs of gum disease. However, gum inflammation may also result from sickness or a foreign object lodged in the gums. If you have gum inflammation, call Care Dental Center to be seen as soon as possible.
Swelling in the Face
Several things may cause a swollen face. For example, an accident, injury, infection, or TMJ can cause facial swelling. Care Dental Center needs to find the source of the swelling and address the issue right away. In the meantime, you may want to use an ice pack or take some over-the-counter pain relievers.
Constant or Excessive Bleeding
Constant or excessive bleeding should never be ignored. Multiple issues may cause this symptom, including an infection, oral ulcers, gum disease, and other health disorders. If you are experiencing bleeding, it is imperative to see our dental team.
Signs of an Infection
Signs of an infection can include tooth pain, sensitivity, gum swelling, a painful lump under the gum, bleeding, and more. Care Dental Center needs to determine the source of the infection and create a treatment plan, so do not hesitate to contact us.