When To See An Emergency Dentist
posted: May 20, 2021.
How emergency dentistry from your dentist in Charlotte, NC, can save your smile
Did you know that emergency dental services can save your smile? The key is knowing when to seek out treatment for your dental emergency. The truth is, the sooner you seek out dental treatment, the better the outcome for you and your smile.
Dr. Jay Ahuja at Family Dental Clinic in Charlotte, NC, offers a wide range of dental services, including emergency dentistry, to save your smile.
So, when should you see an emergency dentist? There are several signs and symptoms to look out for, including if you have:
- Tooth pain that never goes away
- Tooth pain that increases when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages
- A tooth that is loose or has been completely knocked out
- A bridge or dental implant that is loose
- A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
You should also seek out emergency dental treatment if you have facial swelling associated with tooth pain, or you have a fever associated with tooth pain. These could be signs of a dental abscess.
If you have been in an accident or experienced an injury involving your mouth, jaws, or face, you should seek out emergency dental services immediately.
Treatment begins with an emergency dental examination, during which your dentist will record your symptoms and when your symptoms first began. Your dentist will need x-rays of the area to determine if you have decay present, or if you have a dental abscess. Additional testing may include thermal and vitality testing of your tooth.
After Dr. Ahuja diagnoses the problem, he will formulate a treatment plan to eliminate your pain, and restore your smile to health. The treatment plan may include:
- Removing tooth decay
- Restoring your tooth with a filling
- Restoring your tooth with a dental crown
- Beginning root canal treatment
- Recementing your loose bridge
- Making you a new bridge
- Replacing the dental implant screw
You can’t always prevent a dental emergency, but there are some important steps you can take. Remember to:
- Floss your teeth every day
- Brush your teeth after meals and before you go to bed
- Always wear a mouthguard if you play sports
- Visit your dentist every 6 to 12 months for a dental exam and x-rays
- Visit your dental hygienist every 6 to 12 months for teeth cleaning appointment
To find out more about emergency dentistry services and how they can save your smile, call Dr. Jay Ahuja of Family Dental Clinic in Charlotte, NC, at (704) 536-6655. Take care of your smile by calling today!