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Emergency Dental Care: What Are Common Dental Emergencies?

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Emergency Dental Care

Emergency Dental Care | Would you be able to tell if your pain and discomfort is normal, or is a serious problem that you should be worried about? Small problems can rapidly develop into a severe toothache that you won’t soon forget if it goes untreated.

Emergency dental help is available should you require urgent toothache relief.

Knowing when to seek emergency dental care first involves understanding what represents a true dental emergency.

Loose Tooth

It is never normal to have a loose tooth. By the time you reach adulthood, all of your teeth should be securely in place. If you have noticed that one or more of your teeth are beginning to grow loose, it could mean a number of things. One problem could be an injury to a tooth that is particularly painful. If this is the case, seek emergency dental care immediately. You want to do everything you can to ensure that your teeth remain strong and intact.

A loose tooth can also be caused by local infection. To determine what type of infection may be occurring, visit your dentist right away. A loose tooth combined with a toothache could mean that you are experiencing signs of an infection by dental caries or gum disease. Receiving prompt treatment can prevent the spread of the infection and save your tooth.

Bleeding, Aching Gums

This one could go either way. It could represent a true dental emergency, or it could be something that can wait until Monday to have it checked out.

The key point to look for is if you have recently undergone some type of trauma to your teeth, gums or mouth. If you notice bleeding soon after an accident, it is most likely due to the trauma that just occurred. This is a dental emergency that requires immediate care.

If you experience bleeding after brushing or flossing, it is likely due to over-vigorous cleaning efforts on your part. If it happens a lot, it could also be an indication of periodontal disease, popularly known as gum disease. If this is the case, it is a serious condition that requires looking into. However, it is probably not an immediate concern, but a chronic condition that will require a proper diagnosis and treatment. Make an appointment with your regular dentist at your convenience to have it checked out.

Metal Taste in Mouth

Have you ever had a dental filling? If you begin to notice a metal taste in your mouth, it could indicate that an old filling has cracked or is becoming loose. If you notice a missing or damaged filling, seek immediate dental care, as a missing filling can leave your tooth vulnerable to new infections and cavities.

Left untreated, a missing filling can result in a severe toothache that may eventually require you to undergo a root canal procedure. Contact your dentist right away and have them provide you with a new dental filling.

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Above all, if you need immediate emergency dental care don’t delay, contact us at 781-861-7645 today! You could schedule your consultation for other dental services here.

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