Few phrases cause more feelings of dread and uneasiness then “dental emergency.” While no one ever really wants to receive emergency medical care, the idea of a dental emergency touches on the cringe worthy notion of something having happened to our teeth and gums. Suddenly, images of gap-toothed smiles and the sounds of dental drills go through our minds as we imagine what could possibly go wrong when we need to see an emergency dentist.
Fortunately, all of that worry and concern is often misplaced. Our experienced and skilled team at Roane Family Dental has what it takes to return your smile back to health quickly and comfortably. As a West Linn emergency dentist, Dr. Roane specializes in providing prompt, courteous and compassionate care when our patients need it the most.
But toothaches come in a variety of degrees of discomfort. Knowing when you need an emergency dentist and when you can schedule a regular appointment can save you a lot of time, money and worry. However, ignoring your dental pain can lead to bigger problems down the road that could have been avoided by receiving prompt attention. So let’s take a look at a few of the signs that let you know when emergency dental care is required.
While it’s natural for kids awaiting a visit from the Tooth Fairy to experience a little wiggle in their teeth, adult teeth should never move or feel loose. As an adult, your oral health development is complete, which means all of your teeth should be firmly rooted in place.
Teeth that feel loose could be a sign of a number of oral health problems. For one, it could be a signal that you’ve suffered an oral injury. If you notice a tooth feeling loose after receiving a blow to the face during a pickup game at the park or after an accident, you need to seek out immediate dental care. Even if your teeth appear normal, but feel loose, you may need to see a dentist to check for any nerve damage.
Early treatment can keep a loose tooth from falling out and prevent any further nerve damage from occurring.
The severity of a toothache can also act as a sign that you need to receive dental care. If you have a minor toothache, try taking a few aspirin to deal with the pain. If your toothache is more severe, you need to receive emergency dental care. Treatment will depend on the cause of your toothache, so a complete examination is needed before Dr. Roane can provide any relief that lasts.
A severe toothache could be a symptom of a number of oral problems that range from a broken or cracked tooth to a loose filling to a root infection. As with any dental emergency, the quicker you receive care the more successful treatment will be at repairing and preventing any future damage.
A swollen jaw can indicate the presence of a serious infection. If your swollen jaw is accompanied by a bad taste in the mouth, fever, difficult swallowing or breathing you should seek out immediate emergency dental care.
A salivary gland infection results from a bacterial infection that causes a blockage in the salivary glands. This type of blockage can prevent your body from producing enough saliva, while also causing swelling and discomfort. While this type of infection is uncommon, you’ll need to have Dr. Roane examine you rather than leaving the problem untreated.
Any sign of a dental abscess should send you running to see Dr. Roane. An abscessed tooth can cause a lot of discomfort, but the risk of the infection spreading makes this dental emergency a potentially deadly one. While extremely unlikely, it’s possible for the infection that causes the development of an abscess to travel to the brain where it can become fatal. Symptoms of an abscess include fever, swelling along the gum line, a persistent foul taste in the mouth, pus to swollen glands.
Don’t risk your health by avoiding the emergency dental care this type of problem requires.