It can be a tricky decision to make when deciding if your dental problem negates a visit to an emergency dentist. Some patients are hesitant to visit an emergency dentist due to fear that they are overreacting and their situation is not truly an emergency. While this may be true in some cases, it is better to still be seen by an emergency dentist to diagnose and treat you! Below we have outlined some of the more common emergencies which should lead to you calling the Whiting Dental Arts Swampscott office for an emergency dental visit!
Unexplained and Severe Toothaches
Toothaches are more than just an inconvenient pain in your mouth, they can be an indication of something much more severe. If you find yourself feeling sudden and intense tooth pains that you cannot identify a cause for it is best to visit an emergency dentist.
Gums That Are Bleeding or Swollen
Gums may occasionally bleed during brushing or flossing. Although this still points to gum issues this should not be considered an emergency. However, if the bleeding does not cease and is accompanied by intense pain or swelling you should immediately contact an emergency dentist. This is especially the case when you cannot identify the cause of the bleeding.
Swelling in Your Jaw or Mouth
Random swelling in your jaw or mouth is one of the most serious indicators that you are in need of emergency dental treatment. The root of this sudden swelling is usually an oral or lymph node infection both of which can be extremely dangerous when left untreated.
One of the most commonly treated dental emergencies is a knocked-out tooth. A knocked-out tooth is not only painful, but exposure to your gums and nerves can also lead to further complications if it is not treated immediately.
Abscessed teeth are a severe and potentially life-threatening dental condition that should always be treated as soon as one is detected. Common signs of an abscess include:
Tender lymph nodes or pain in your neck
Untreated abscesses can spread infection quickly around your mouth and lymph nodes and in some cases can prove fatal
Contact Whiting Dental Arts’ Swampscott, MA, Office
Like any medical emergency, time is of the essence! If you have experienced a dental emergency, contact Whiting Dental Arts immediately and allow us to treat you.