Urgent Dental Care is staffed by Board Certified Dentists who are equipped to handle all dental emergencies.
Injury to the gums or teeth can be very painful. At times, you may have dental pain and not know why. For example, sudden pain may be caused by pieces of food that come in contact with a decayed area of the tooth. Food, heat or cold may create pressure near the nerve and cause pain. The nerve inside the tooth also may be exposed if you lose a filling or crown.
When the inside of your mouth gets hurt or irritated, bacteria may enter and cause an infection. Sometimes you will see a painful swelling filled with pus (a thick, yellowish fluid). If the pus can’t drain out, the area will get more swollen and painful. This is known as an abscess. The abscess forms a barrier around the infection. This is one way that your body tries to keep a bacterial infection from spreading.
If your tooth has been knocked out, come in immediately. We will make every effort to see you quickly because time is of the essence. There is a window of time in which teeth can be successfully replanted, but sooner is definitely better.
Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack (fracture) or break. When a tooth chips or breaks, it may not hurt. However, your tongue usually feels the sharp area quite quickly. Minor tooth fractures usually don’t cause pain, but if a large piece of the tooth breaks off, it can hurt. Extreme discomfort also can happen when nerve endings in are exposed to air, or to hot or cold foods or drinks.
Lost fillings or crowns
A lost filling or crown can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. Don’t wait too long. What is left of the tooth will not be as strong as your crown. It could be damaged more without the crown to protect it. Also, when a crown is missing for a long time, your teeth may move into the space where the crown was.
Some of the other issues we can help you with include:
- Oral and tooth infections
- Injuries to the mouth and lips including lacerations and abrasions
- Problems with dental implants
- Problems following dental work