Dental emergencies include injuries, infections, and accidents in the oral cavity. Some of the most common reasons for emergency dental care are broken or chipped teeth, damage to the soft tissues in the mouth, or a knocked-out tooth resulting from an accident. If there is bleeding from the mouth, swelling, or severe pain, immediate medical attention is required. Patients with dental emergencies should contact Dr. Nashed's office, as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We make every effort to see our patients on time. When dental emergencies arise, we want patients to receive the care they need most efficiently and comfortably.
Types of Dental Emergencies
This is a situation where a tooth is completely knocked out of the socket in the jawbone. Your tooth should be replaced into the socket as soon as possible, as there is a risk of permanent nerve damage if the tooth stays out of the mouth for too long.
If you have a toothache, it’s usually a sign that you have a cavity that needs to be treated. Your dentist will examine the tooth to determine the cause of the pain. In some cases, root canal therapy may be recommended to remove infected or damaged tissue inside the tooth and replace it with an inert material.
Oral infections such as abscesses require prompt care to prevent the disease from spreading to the bloodstream or other body parts. Abscesses can lead to life-threatening health conditions. Other signs of an oral infection include painful swelling around the tooth or gums, redness around an infected tooth, fever, bad breath, dry mouth, and white pus near the affected area.
The Benefits of Emergency Care
Dental emergencies often involve severe pain or discomfort. Emergency care allows for prompt diagnosis and treatment, providing immediate relief from dental pain. Dentists can prescribe pain medications or perform procedures to alleviate pain and address the underlying cause of the emergency.
Prevention of Further Damage
If left untreated, dental emergencies can lead to more extensive damage and complications. For example, a cracked tooth may worsen and lead to tooth loss if not promptly addressed. Seeking emergency dental care helps prevent further damage to teeth, gums, and surrounding structures.
Restoration of Function and Aesthetics
Dental emergencies can affect the function and aesthetics of the mouth. Prompt treatment allows dentists to restore proper function, such as repairing a broken tooth or replacing a lost filling, crown, or denture. Emergency care aims to bring back the functionality and aesthetics of the affected area, improving quality of life.
Dental emergencies can significantly impact oral health. Emergency dental services support long-term oral health by resolving the crisis and providing appropriate follow-up care. For the best dental care, visit Dr. Nashed's office, Arcadia Location at 45 E Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, CA 91006, or Long Beach Location at 4200 E Pacific Coast Highway Suite 100, CA 90804. You may also call the Arcadia location at (626) 294-9119 or Long Beach location at (562) 498-5788.