Accidents involving teeth or gums, as well as unexpected toothaches need to be treated immediately. Delaying treatment can result in more severe damage and can lead to more complex and expensive treatments or surgery.
That’s why at Jefferson Dental, every one of our clinics accepts walk-in dental patients. Our Dentists and Clinic Team Members will provide prompt assistance in all emergency situations.
Aside from tooth decay, consistent or off and on pain can also be caused by abscessed teeth, tooth fractures or cracks, damaged fillings, heavy grinding of the teeth or infected or receding gums. Still other conditions that do not affect the dental pulp but still result in some level of pain include ulcers which form along your gums, sore gums when a new tooth his breaking through (such as wisdom or adult teeth), sinus inflammation, and jaw injuries.
For temporary pain relief you can use a number of at home remedies such as over the counter painkillers, numbing gels, salt water rinses, cold compresses, etc. If your toothache last more than a day or two, please visit a dentist.
A dislodged tooth, also known as an extruded or luxated tooth, is generally caused by trauma to the mouth which has resulted in the tooth being pushed up into or out of its socket. To avoid the need for a painful and expensive root canal treatment, it must be treated in as soon as possible.
First, contact your dentist immediately and schedule an appointment as soon as possible, preferably that day. Do not touch or remove the tooth from your mouth even if it is partially out of the socket. While you’re waiting for your appointment, you can take over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen and use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
If you see that a tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, make sure you contact your dentist straight away regardless of wether you’re experiencing pain. The treatment for a chipped or broken tooth is largely dependent on the extent of the damage. For example, if only a small piece or corner of the enamel has been fractured, it can generally be repaired with a filling or bond which is usually completed after only one office visit. However, teeth that have sustained severe damage may require more lengthy and costly procedures such as a cap or crown.
While generally not considered an emergency, a lost filling or crown can result in moderate to severe discomfort or pain caused by sensitivity to temperature, pressure or air. If possible, it’s always recommended that you keep loose crowns in a safe place, then schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Even if your pain level is manageable, it’s not a good idea to wait before making an appointment. The primary reason is that what’s left of your tooth isn’t going to be as strong or complete as the crown itself. Without the hard, protective material of your crown you risk further eroding your teeth or allowing the surrounding teeth to shift and fill the space so that your crown no longer fits.
If you notice your gums bleeding after brushing and flossing, be sure to look out for other, more serious symptoms even if you aren’t experiencing severe discomfort:
Bleeding gums can be the result of things like brushing too hard, certain vitamin deficiencies, side effects of medications like blood thinners, improperly fitted dentures, or as a result of serious medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, leukemia or scurvy.
Braces do have a tendency to cause moderate to severe discomfort. This is especially true during the first several days after getting braces put on for the first time, and upon each tightening (usually every four to six weeks). Generally, the pain is due to the pressure which gets applied and the subsequent movement of your teeth. Although this movement is the ultimate goal, soft tissues around the teeth and gums can easily become inflamed. But if you’re in extreme pain, you should alert your dentist if the pain lasts more than a few days.
If you have throbbing or shooting pain, especially if it’s severe, chances are good you have, or are on your way to, an abscess. Other symptoms include swelling of the gums or glands, redness of the mouth and/or face, pain while chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold, bad breath, drainage and/or difficulty swallowing. You should immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist when you have an abscessed tooth.
Just like all other services, Emergencies will be treated with care for the well-being of the patient. Additionally, every effort will be made to accommodate the patient as quickly as possible to avoid prolonged pain and discomfort. Dallas and Houston residents should contact us as soon as possible for emergency dental care.