Whether a minor annoyance or a major throbbing, all forms of dental pain may be sending you a message. Our bodies were designed to tell us when something major might be wrong. Pay attention and contact us right away if you have a serious concern.
If a toothache persists more than a day and worsens when biting or pressing on the tooth, you may have an infection. The tooth must be treated quickly before it causes more extensive issues to your overall health.
Any opening in your tooth leads to the increased risk of infection as bacteria reaches the pulp. To keep the pulp from dying, it is important to repair the tooth as soon as possible.
You may be able to help save the tooth if you act fast. Pick it up by the crown, rinse it off, try to gently put it back in place, and call us. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, put it in a cup of milk with a pinch of salt.
When crowns or fillings break, you need to get treatment right away to avoid further damage and potential reinfection.
If you experience pain and bleeding that continues for more than an hour, do not wait to call our office.
Dental trauma is common in athletics, accidents, and other unexpected incidents. It is not uncommon for dental trauma to require urgent attention to prevent long-term damage or immediate health issues. If you are facing an after hours dental emergency that must be attended to immediately, please seek medical attention. Dental emergencies are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain or infection, and trauma involving facial bones that could compromise the patient’s airway.
Infections near the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums can be very serious. Surrounding teeth, gum tissue, and your entire body may be at risk if the infection is left untreated. Infections often appear as a painful, swollen spot that may look like a pimple.
If you think you may have a dental emergency or you’re not really sure what to do, please Contact Us For Immediate Care. We’ll be glad to assess the situation, answer your questions, and help you decide what to do next.
We work hard to create space for patients with emergency dental needs. Do not hesitate to call and we’ll do our best to see you as soon as possible.
When you are facing a situation that involves an injury, broken tooth, infection, or toothache—regardless of the time of day — Schedule Online Now.
Even if you are not a regular patient of our practice, we will see you as soon as we can so we can properly assess your situation and take action to prevent further damage.
The best way to avoid most dental emergencies is to visit Orange Grove Family Dentistry and Dr. Kyle Nishimura twice each year for routine examinations and cleanings. In dentistry, prevention is key. Small problems can be identified and fixed before they become dental emergencies.