Some types of urgent situations or illness can leave you wondering “should I call my doctor?” or “can my dentist help me?” If you’ve had these questions go through your mind, you are not alone.
A lot of people forget that dentists don’t just fix teeth – they are actually specialists of tissues in and around the mouth, head and neck. You can even have your dentist check your lymph nodes during an exam, or screen for skin cancer on your face!
Swelling in and around the mouth can be extremely painful, but may not warrant a trip to the emergency room. It could be caused by an abscessed tooth or infection that your dentist can quickly diagnose.
Infections Inside of Your Mouth
Ulcers, growths on your tongue or even bacterial infections are all easily recognized by your dentist. If you are contemplating making a trip out of the way to see a physician for something like this, your dentist may be able to offer you a quicker diagnosis and care recommendation.
Let’s say you had an accident that resulted in a busted lip and a broken tooth. Where do you go first? Most people would go to the emergency room, but it’s actually your tooth that needs the quickest response in care. Not only that, but your dentist can also help by suturing your lip and numbing the area to eliminate pain!
If you find yourself experiencing discomfort in or around your mouth, consider calling your dentist. Even if you aren’t sure whether or not it is appropriate, one of the team members can answer any questions that you may have.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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