Toothaches are easy to ignore, but can become very serious. It’s important for you to take any type of pain or injury to your mouth seriously. A simple infection in your tooth can quickly lead to your blood stream, resulting in more serious complications and can even be fatal if not treated.
Toothaches typically occur as the result of tooth decay. This decay is monitored during regular dental appointments, but with six months between cleanings for most people the situation can escalate and require emergency care outside of those appointments.
Again, please contact us if you are experiencing any kind of tooth pain. Our flexible scheduling will allow you be seen quickly. If nothing else, you’ll receive the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a healthy mouth.
An infection in a tooth, also known as an abscess, occurs when the pulp under a tooth’s enamel becomes inflamed. This occurs when the tooth’s enamel is weakened and the root is exposed because of severe tooth decay or a trauma like a chip or crack.
Symptoms of an abscess include fever, pain while chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold, a swollen neck glands, and an open sore on the gum near the affected tooth. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact us immediately.
The most common treatment for a dental infection is a root canal. In this procedure, the dentist will remove the infected parts of your tooth, then place a crown on the tooth to protect it from further damage.
Dental traumas like chipped or cracked teeth, or even teeth that have been knocked out or pushed in due to trauma are a common reason to contact an emergency dentist. If this has happened to you or your child, call us today and schedule an appointment to see one of our Elgin dentists as soon as possible.
Regardless of your type of dental emergency, at your appointment you can expect our dental team to take X-rays of the affected area, along with a thorough oral exam, and then begin working with you to develop an effective treatment plan.
Call us now if you have a dental emergency.
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