A dental emergency can happen at any time and often necessitates an immediate trip to an emergency dentist in Phoenix. When pain is severe and a tooth is at risk, it is important to seek emergency dental care in a timely manner; postponing treatment for the following ailments will only lead to unnecessary and potentially harmful complications.
Abscessed Teeth: An abscess forms when the root of a tooth or the space between a tooth and the gum line becomes severely infected. This condition is often quite painful and may be accompanied by such symptoms as pain when chewing, redness and swelling of the gums, an open sore at the side of the gum, a bitter taste in the mouth, and bad breath. See an emergency dentist as soon as possible to treat the infection and start an antibiotics regimen.
Broken or Chipped Teeth: A broken or chipped tooth may not immediately be painful, but the tooth will be very susceptible to infection. Your dentist may recommend a crown to protect the tooth. An untreated crack or chip can easily lead to infection and necessitate a root canal.
Knocked-out Teeth: Before visiting the dentist, find the tooth and rinse it off gently to remove dirt, blood, or debris. Always hold the tooth by the crown, being careful not to touch the roots or remove any tissue that may still be attached. You can place the tooth in a small cup of milk, but it is best to put it back in the socket, if possible. For knocked-out or lost teeth, prompt dental attention is crucial; you have the highest chance of saving a lost tooth if you visit a dentist within one hour of losing it.
There are many more possible dental emergencies, including lost fillings and crowns, broken wires on orthodontics, and soft tissue injuries to the lips and tongue. For treatment of these dental emergencies, as well as routine dental and orthodontic care, call Baker Family Dental in Mesa, AZ. Make an appointment by calling (480) 719-3044 today or by visiting us online.