A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate treatment. Dental emergencies can occur at any time, and they are not limited to regular office hours. There are several situations that fall under the dental emergency category, and while some of these aren’t as serious as other situations, you still need to visit your dentist as soon as possible for any condition that cause oral pain, bleeding, or swelling. Unfortunately, some emergencies are unavoidable.
Types of Dental Emergencies
A toothache or pain when biting down may indicate that a tooth is infected. If your tooth starts to look grey, yellow, or darker in color, it could be a sign that the nerve of the tooth has died. You may also have swelling around your face and jaw if you have a severe infection. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us as soon as possible.
An abscessed tooth is an infection at the root of a tooth or between the teeth that affects the pulp chamber inside the root canal of the tooth. Some signs that an abscess may be developing include pain, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, redness, and swelling near the tooth. Other signs to look for include a bad taste in the mouth and bad breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see the dentist right away for treatment. Try to avoid chewing on the affected side of the mouth until a dentist can treat the problem and provide relief.
If you break a tooth, you should call our Prosper dentist’s office to make an appointment right away. A broken tooth can be painful and can greatly affect your ability to chew or speak properly. Depending on what part of the tooth is broken off, our emergency dentist may decide to place some type of protective cover over the exposed nerves until your tooth repair can be completed. Our skilled emergency dentist will be able to accurately diagnose the problem and recommend the correct treatment.
If the chip or crack in your tooth is extensive, or if you have facial swelling or lacerations, you should seek immediate medical attention from our emergency dentist. We will be able to repair the damage to your teeth as well as help prevent further injuries from happening.
If your tooth has been knocked out, there are a few things you can do right away to improve the chances of saving it. First, rinse the tooth under running water to remove any dirt or debris, but do not scrub it! Then, try to place it back in its socket. If that is not possible, place it in a container of milk and bring it with you to your emergency dentist's appointment. We may be able to reinsert your natural tooth if it has not started to decay yet.
Tips to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. This helps keep food from getting stuck between teeth and causing tooth decay or gum disease.
- Avoid eating sugary foods and drinks, including candy, soda, cookies, pastries, fruit juices, and sports drinks.
- Visit our dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. Our dentist can detect and treat problems early to keep you healthy.
- Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities that could result in injuries to the jaw or face. A custom-fitted mouthguard offers the best protection.
To learn more about our dental emergency services in Prosper, TX, or to schedule a consultation with us, call Ross Dental Studio at (214) 225-2358 or visit us at 2111 E. University Dr. Ste. 20, Prosper, TX 75078. We’re always happy to answer your questions.