To maintain good oral health, you should get a dental checkup every six months, but when do you need to seek out emergency care? Hillstream Dental offers same-day emergency dentistry, so if you experience any of the following issues, please give us a call.
Pain In Your Teeth
Lots of things can cause a toothache, like a rogue popcorn kernel stuck in your gums, cracks in your teeth, gum disease, an untreated cavity, and an abscess. If you’ve already tried brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing with a warm saltwater mixture with no positive change, persistent tooth pain is a sign that something is wrong. The reason for the pain won’t get better on its own, so please come see us.
Loose, Cracked, or Knocked-Out Teeth
If you’re an adult, loose teeth are never normal, and usually cause pain. A loose tooth could be triggered by an injury or infection. Cracked/chipped teeth, lost fillings, and lost crowns are also a concern, since they can leave the nerve of your tooth exposed and vulnerable to pain and infection. Should your tooth actually get completely knocked out of your mouth, you need to see us immediately to get it re-implanted. Your tooth’s best chance of survival is if re-implantation occurs within 15-30 minutes after the injury.
If you start flossing after avoiding it for a while, your gums may bleed a little, but this should stop after a few rounds of flossing. However, if your gums ache, are swollen, and keep bleeding even with improved oral hygiene, you might have gum disease. It could also indicate a nutritional deficiency, bleeding disorder, or other underlying medical condition. We can help get your oral health back on track!
Emergency dentistry is also necessary if you’re experiencing a swollen jaw. Swelling is often caused by an abscess, which is an infection triggered by bacteria. Cavities left untreated can turn into an abscess, and the resulting infection can cause your face to swell. It’s essential that you seek care right away.
Emergency Dental Care at Hillstream Dental
The team at Hillstream Dental are standing by to help with any of these emergency dentistry needs, and more. So if you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us ASAP!