March 5, 2019
It can be difficult to determine if the pain you’re experiencing warrants a trip to the emergency room. You start to think about the bills, medication, and the dreaded wait, but what if your dental crisis is something you shouldn’t put off? An emergency dentist in Reading discusses what signs to look for in order to determine if you should seek immediate dental care.
Whether it’s a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, you should seek emergency dental care. No matter the severity of the break, your dentist in Reading should exam it to better determine a course of action. Teeth that are broken may have sharp edges that can cause further damage to your mouth, especially soft tissues such as your gums, cheeks, and tongue. When this occurs, place a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. Use gauze or wax to cover the sharp edges and protect your mouth until you can see your emergency dentist.
A toothache may not sound like a big deal, but if the pain persists after a few days, you could have an infection in the tooth or its root. A normal toothache can be remedied with gentle brushing and flossing and an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, if the pain becomes so severe, or your tooth becomes sensitive to temperature or touch, don’t wait. Get in to see your dentist as soon as possible.
If your gums are bleeding excessively, it could be a sign of advanced gum disease. When plaque and tartar are allowed to build above and below the gum line, it can cause red, puffy, irritated gums that bleed. As gum disease worsens, it can lead to bone deterioration and tooth loss (periodontitis). Seeing your dentist can help determine what steps should be taken to try and reverse the problem, or if it’s too advanced, what should be done to prevent tooth loss.
If you notice swelling in and around your jaw or mouth, you may be looking at an abscess. This is pus that develops because of an infection in your mouth. It may also mean you have an infection in your salivary gland, which you may also be able to detect if you have a fever, difficulty breathing, or a bad taste in your mouth. Saliva is important for keeping bacteria and food particles out of the mouth. If enough saliva isn’t produced, you can experience dry mouth and ultimately, gum disease, cavities, or other dental problems.
Most fillings are made of metal, so if you’re beginning to taste it, get to your dentist as soon as possible. You may have a broken or cracked filling. These coverings protect your teeth from further infection; however, once they crack, it opens your tooth to possible cavities. Cracked fillings that do not receive proper or timely repair may result in a root canal, which means more money out of your pocket.
When facing a dental emergency, remember to stay calm and call your dentist. Also, understand that the pain won’t just magically go away, so it’s better to seek immediate care to determine the severity of the problem and which treatment is right for you.
About the Author
Dr. Gail Iebba pursued her college degree at Brandeis University before earning her doctorate at Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry. Working in the field for more than 32 years, she enjoys helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. She and her team of professionals are ready to assist no matter the situation, and if faced with a dental emergency, they will walk you through each step to ensure you are comfortable until reaching the dentist office. To learn more about our services, visit our website or call (781) 944-6761.
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