One of the top reasons we encourage our patients to never skip their dental cleaning every six months is so that we can catch problems early on. Catching a cavity in its earlier stage will prevent it from getting worse or causing severe toothache. If you encounter a severe toothache all of a sudden, we suggest you take the following steps. First, rinse your mouth out with water. This will help dislodge any debris that might be stuck between your teeth. Next, brush and floss your teeth to remove the debris. If your toothache persists after these steps, try taking some over the counter pain relievers. If you find that the pain becomes worse or experience a fever or swelling with it, please contact us.
When a tooth becomes infected, you may experience a dental abscess. An abscess is a pocket of pus that either develops near the tip of the tooth root or alongside the gumline. Abscesses can occur from untreated cavities, dry mouth, injury or from eating a high sugar diet. You might experience symptoms like fever, facial swelling, sensitivity, and throbbing pain. If the abscess ruptures, you will experience pain relief and a gross salty taste in your mouth. If you think you have a dental abscess or infected tooth, please contact us for immediate assistance.
Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Tooth
If you experience any physical trauma to the mouth, you will likely crack, break, or chip a tooth. The severity of the trauma will determine whether or not you need immediate attention. A small chip really isn’t worth the trip as a dental emergency. However, if the crack goes down your entire tooth or your tooth becomes broken more than just a chip, you should seek more immediate attention. There might be more damage done to your tooth than you can see with your naked eye.
Dislodged or Knocked-Out Tooth
With the right amount of force or pressure, a tooth can get knocked-out or just slightly dislodged. When this happens, you need immediate attention. If your tooth gets completely knocked out, apply pressure with gauze or a towel to the empty socket to stop the bleeding. You should also find your knocked-out tooth and place it in a cup of milk, water or saltwater. This is to prevent the tooth from drying out. After you contact us, it’s important to have your tooth placed back in your mouth as soon as possible to save it.
Damaged or Lost Restorations
If you have a dental filling that falls out or a dental crown, bridge or porcelain veneer that cracks, breaks or falls off, these are also important to address early on. This also applies to other restorations like dentures, inlays, or onlays. The purpose of these restorations is to either replace a missing tooth or preserve the health and strength of an existing tooth. The restorations are vital to preserving your dental health and functionality.