Unfortunately, all emergencies are pretty much unplanned. Dental emergencies like a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth or any kind of abscess are often incredibly painful. Many people who have a dental emergency find that they cannot simply wait days or weeks to have it taken care of. Their mouths are burning with pain, or they cannot eat or drink without severe discomfort – and they cannot live like that for long.
Most dental practices work in room into their schedules to account for dental emergencies. Dentist understand how highly sensitive the mouth is and will generally make every effort to see patients with dental emergencies the day that they call. Dental emergencies like an injury to the tooth or gums or an infection can be potentially serious, and dentists want their patients to understand this so that they will not ignore it.
Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from dental emergencies, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. An abscess, for example, is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth or in between teeth and gums. Abscesses can damage the tissue surrounding the teeth, and if the infection is left untreated, the infection can travel to other parts of the body through the soft tissue.
All forms of oral pain should be evaluated by a dentist promptly. Whether you know the cause (e.g. a knocked out tooth) or not, your dentist is the one who can not only alleviate your discomfort, but find the root cause of the problem. Dental emergencies need prompt attention in order to keep the teeth and mouth healthy. Don’t delay in seeing your dentist for anything that concerns you.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
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