When You Should See A Dentist Immediately
Every year there are millions of dental emergencies that rush people to the nearest dentist to find relief. While many of these situations must be handled as soon as possible, others don’t require the same need to be immediately addressed. So, how do you know if you have a true dental emergency? A few situations where you should see a dentist immediately can be found below.
1. Knocked Out Tooth
Otherwise known as an “avulsed” tooth, this is a situation where the tooth is knocked out of its permanent place. These injuries tend to be extremely painful and can cause damage to the root and cells if handled improperly. By going to a dentist as soon as possible, the area where the tooth was knocked out can be properly cleaned and prepared for proper care.
Swelling is a sign of infection, which can be extremely dangerous. When you visit a dentist, they can look for signs of trauma and take x-rays to get a better idea of where an infection is located. From there, they can prescribe antibiotics that can heal the infection so they can remedy the issue without compromising your health.
3. Loose Tooth
While a loose tooth might be common for children, it should never happen for an adult. Even if you’re not experiencing any pain, this could be a sign of an infection or injury. A dentist can take a deeper look to determine the cause of the loose tooth and work to remedy that, which is ultimately beneficial for your health.
4. Unbearable Pain
Whether you recently had a dental procedure done or you just ate a piece of pizza, unbearable dental pain can strike at any time. In these situations, it’s best to see a dentist rather than attempting at-home remedies that may cause more damage.
5. Extremely Bad Breath
For many people, extremely bad breath is the result of teeth that have infections deep inside of the root. While these can sometimes be accompanied by pain or sensitivity, this isn’t always the case. If you’ve tried everything to get rid of bath breath but it keeps coming back to bother you, see your dentist to get a full cleaning and set of x-rays done.
6. Swollen Gums
Swollen and sensitive gums can be caused by hardened plaque underneath the gum line that needs to be cleaned immediately. If left untouched, this could lead to gingivitis and the eventual loss of teeth.
7. Extreme Sensitivity
If you can’t eat or drink without wincing in pain, it’s very likely that you have a cavity or damage that needs to be addressed right away. Waiting to see your dentist will likely result in needing to have a root canal or tooth extraction.
If you ever feel extreme pain or notice something that isn’t right with your teeth, contact our office ASAP. In most situations, a quick phone call will tell you if a visit is necessary. However, because your teeth are so important, it’s better to err on the side of caution in order to secure your dental health.
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