Dental Pain and Emergency Treatment
Dental Pain and Emergency Treatment

A dental emergency is a problem involving the teeth, gums, or jaw that requires immediate treatment. There are various types and levels of dental emergencies. Pain, swelling, bleeding, a broken or loose tooth are all considered dental emergencies. Sometimes the cause is an accident or trauma, other times symptoms may be subtle and increase over time.

Dental emergencies can be stressful.  It’s good to know that our office is especially considerate of people calling in with pain or a cosmetic emergency.  Many people feel stressed because they have put off treatment as long as they could, and now they can’t any longer.  We understand. Our priority is to relieve your pain and return you to comfort.

If you’re having a dental emergency or if you have any questions about dental emergencies, please give us a call and we will give you guidelines for your situation. Our team will help you get the treatment you need as soon as possible.

Dr. Shamtoub specializes in helping patients in need of Emergency Treatment

Common Types of Dental Pain

Some of which may require emergency treatment

Tooth Ache

There are different types of tooth ache you may be experiencing. Tooth pain can be sharp and throbbing or dull and achy. You may be sensitive to cold and hot, have discomfort when biting and chewing, or difficulty concentrating, getting through the day, or even sleeping at night. The source of tooth pain may be dental decay, an injury or an infection in the tooth. Regardless of the cause, if you have ongoing pain it’s time to see a dentist or endodontist for treatment.

Cracked Teeth

Whether your tooth cracks from an injury or general wear and tear, you can experience a variety of symptoms ranging from erratic pain when you chew your food to sudden pain when your tooth is exposed to very hot or cold temperatures. In many cases, the pain may come and go and your dentist may have difficulty locating the tooth causing the discomfort. If you experience these symptoms or suspect a cracked tooth, it’s best to see an endodontist as soon as possible.

Endodontists specialize in saving cracked teeth and will cater treatment to the type, location, and extent of the crack. The sooner your tooth is treated, the better the outcome. Once treated, most cracked teeth continue to function as they should, for many years of pain-free biting and chewing.

Abscess Teeth

If your mouth or jaw is aching, you experience pain while chewing or you have swollen gums, you may have an abscessed tooth. These are just a few of the symptoms that can occur when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the root canal of a tooth) dies, becomes inflamed and goes untreated. The resulting infection in or around the root of the tooth may or may not be painful but any ongoing symptoms should be tended by an endodontist who specializes in treating infected teeth and pulp.

Knocked Out Teeth

More than five million teeth are knocked out every year in children and adults but if this happens to you due to an injury or accident it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s lost for good. Proper emergency action can save the tooth so that it can be replanted successfully and last for years to come.

Traumatic Dental Injuries

Traumatic dental injuries often occur as a result of an accident or sports injury. The majority of these injuries are minor – chipped teeth. It’s less common to dislodge your tooth or have it knocked completely out but these injuries are more severe. Treatment depends on the type, location and severity of each injury. Regardless of the extent of the injury, your tooth requires immediate examination by a dentist or an endodontist. Sometimes, your neighboring teeth suffer an additional, unnoticed injury that can only be detected by a thorough dental exam.

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in treating traumatic dental injuries. With their advanced skills, techniques and technologies they often can save injured teeth. If you have a cracked or injured tooth, find an endodontist near you right away. Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases, including weekends in some instances. You’ll have relief from your pain and likely save your tooth, so act as quickly as possible.

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