Are you experiencing chronic, nagging pain in your teeth, jaws or gums? If the pain is manageable, you may feel like you can hold out until your regular dental appointment. But there are some cases where you simply cannot wait to make an emergency dental appointment.
There is no need to be "tough" and linger on with oral pain without a proper diagnosis and treatment. And waiting too long can make the situation grow worse, requiring more expensive and complicated procedures in the future. Are you unsure about what is a cause for concern that can wait and what requires immediate action?
Let's take a look at some situations that you may encounter and whether they qualify as true dental emergencies.
If you have a broken tooth, it is not uncommon to experience extreme pain. If you have a knocked-out permanent tooth, there will probably be a good deal of bleeding involved. If you do not receive immediate dental care for either of these cases, you will probably be miserable and could even lose a tooth. Any delay in seeking help could lead to highly invasive and expensive treatments.
You may immediately realize when a dental crown or filling falls out. You may taste a strange metallic taste at this time. Do not set these feelings aside; make an emergency dental appointment as soon as you are able. Fillings and crowns are put into place for a reason: to prevent tooth decay. Their absence means that bacteria can now enter into your tooth, potentially causing a tooth abscess that may require an extraction. Contact us as soon as possible so that you can save your tooth.
Did you bite down on something hard, and now your tooth is aching? Pain comes in a variety of forms and types, but it always gets your attention. When you are experiencing unexpected and unexplained tooth pain, there is no reason to be miserable until your next dental appointment. Call Aesthetic Dental Center of Bergen County right away to schedule an appointment.
It sometimes happens that gums will bleed when you are a little too enthusiastic about brushing or flossing. You may even have previously diagnosed gum disease that is being managed. But if your gums inexplicably begin bleeding and will not stop, particularly when accompanied by pain or swelling, do not wait for your regular appointment. Get in to see us as soon as possible.
If your tooth is in an extreme amount of pain for no known reason, you are likely dealing with an infection or abscess. Don't suffer until the start of the week. Make an emergency dental appointment right away so that we can provide pain relief and hopefully save this tooth.
An abscess is a severe infection that needs to be dealt with. Left untreated, bacteria can invade your bloodstream and cause a serious condition called sepsis. This could even be life-threatening in some cases. Any time you suspect a tooth abscess, contact us immediately.
If your tooth has developed an abscess, you may require a root canal procedure. We will drill away all the infection and debris from the tooth after numbing it. We then fill in this empty space with a special packing material to prevent the tooth from experiencing further damage.
After a root canal procedure, the tooth will be somewhat weaker than before, structurally. For this reason, we may need to place a dental crown on such a tooth to strengthen it and prevent it from possibly fracturing in the future.
It is not normal for the jaw or mouth to start swelling up without any particular reason. However, swelling is sometimes due to a reason like swollen lymph nodes due to a cold or the flu. It can also be caused by an oral infection. In extremely rare cases, it can be due to cancer. Since there is not a way to know for sure, it is best to make an emergency dental appointment.
Avoiding an emergency dental appointment may have made sense decades ago. Back then, you simply suffered through pain or even removed a painful tooth yourself. But we are living in the 21st century now, and no one should suffer needlessly when we have the needed experience to help. Please contact us right away if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency.
We take our patients’ privacy seriously. Please refrain from providing any personal health or sensitive information. Call us at (201) 440-2100 to schedule your appointment over the phone.
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