Types of Dental Emergencies
A toothache occurs when the nerve in the tooth is irritated. This could be due to infection, decay, or injury to the tooth. If not treated, the infection, decay, or injury could get worse, abusing more work to be done and poor oral health.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
Whether it is a crown, filling, or natural tooth, any chip, crack, or break to a tooth is considered an emergency as there could be resulting pain, sensitivity, or ability to get worse if left untreated.
Tongue Swelling & Irritation
Tongue swelling and irritation may indicate oral health problems, allergies, tissue damage, or fluid leakage into the tongue. A dental provider can help diagnose and treat these potential issues.
Gum Discoloration, Sensitivity, & Swelling
Any type of gum problem can indicate more serious oral health problems, such as built up plaque on teeth, bacterial infection, gingivitis, periodontitis, poor home care, deficiencies, an abscess, or various types of illnesses.
Facial swelling could be the result of tooth infection, wisdom teeth, jaw pain, or an allergy. There may be an abscess, visible or not visible, near teeth or within the jaw. It can become more serious and spread, potentially causing cellulitis.
Lacerations and Burns
Cuts and burns to the lip, gums, tongue, or mouth can become serious if infected. Lacerations and burns can occur from accidents, sharp and broken teeth, hot food or drink, bacterial infection, medication side effects, or other illnesses.
An abscess is a painful pocket of pus that occurs from infection, which can be inside or outside of the mouth along the lips. Dental decay, a broken tooth, bacterial buildup, or old dental restorations such as fillings or crowns can cause an abscess. A dental provider can painlessly treat, prevent the abscess from returning, and treat your dental decay all in the same visit.
Oral infections can cause serious pain and problems if not treated. Some oral infections such as a tooth infection, could travel to the brain or heart and cause severe damage. Oral infections can occur in the gums, lips, palate, cheeks, tongue, or inside a tooth.
Jaw pain can occur for a variety of reasons, such as clenching, grinding, bruxism, jaw joint problems, bite problems, or wisdom teeth pain that radiates to the jaw. Several treatment options exist for alleviating jaw pain.
Wisdom teeth can cause pain, damage to adjacent teeth, and infection if they are troublesome and have not been removed. Wisdom teeth pain may radiate to the neck and jaw and cause headaches.