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Signs that you may need an emergency dentist

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It is always a good advice to be prepared for the worst. One should always be able to identify the signs that predict it, just to provide damage control. Problems that appear small like a mild toothache, can quickly turn into bigger issues like a root infection. Such situations can be prevented by taking proper care of the teeth. A proper diagnosis from a qualified dentist will help in restoring your dental health just in time before it gets worse.

Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once and visiting the dentist twice a year is the ultimate caretaking rule of dental health. No special treatment is required to keep teeth in good conditions, just consistent caring. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, rush to your nearest dentist as soon as possible.

1)    Bleeding teeth and gums

Bleeding gums are a sign of deteriorating oral healthy. Sometimes patients also experience aching gums. It is the first warning sign of a gum disease or gingivitis. Sometimes a smell is also observed while flossing or brushing. It is better to treat this condition as soon as possible. Gum diseases can be treated conveniently if they are identified in the beginning. Treatments for such disease will only be given after examining the stage of the gum disease. Once it gets too severe, your teeth will not be able to reach its original state. So, it is best to head to your emergency dentist as soon as possible.

2)    Toothache

Perhaps the most common symptom experienced by patients worldwide. The patient may be experiencing sensitivity on eating, sensitivity to temperature, brittleness, etc. When the pain becomes consistent and severe, it is more than necessary to contact the dentist. The situation will keep becoming increasingly painful and uncomfortable if not treated soon. Your dentist may recommend an X-ray to observe the tooth better. A root canal may be needed if the pulp matter of the tooth is affected. Make sure to explain any suspected causes of toothache to your dentist, so the best solution can be figured out. If your toothache is very mild, it may be curable at home.

3)    Cracked teeth

The location of the cracked or broken tooth will determine the kind of treatment suitable for the patient. Saving the tooth is only possible if the patient reaches out to the dentist soon after observing the cracks. Don’t forget to explain to your dentist how the cracks occurred. It will help them understand the damage better, and devise a suitable treatment protocol.

4)    Swelling

Swelling is a cause of infection. Infection in the mouth can be fatal if not treated fast enough. Swelling is seen in gums, the jaw and sometimes lymph nodes. The germs causing the infection can enter the bloodstream and can potentially cause severe health problems. Make sure to explain to the dentist the duration of the swelling and causes due to which you may be experiencing it. If you can’t observe an infected tooth from the surface that check out for these symptoms: fever, weird taste in mouth, pus and a swelling in glands.

5)    Abrupt tooth loss

In adulthood, losing a tooth is unfortunate and unexpected. That’s because permanent teeth are fully matured and are rooted tightly into the gums. You should contact your dentist at once if you observe a tooth is getting lose, losing grip and is about to fall off. Lose teeth are also not a usual part of adulthood. It is possible the patient may be experiencing all this because of a tooth injury. In all cases though, if some action is taken soon enough, the tooth may remain intact and may even be reattached.

Seeking treatment at the right time may also relive the patient from unnecessary pain. During any accident, whether it is a football hitting your jaw or you falling from the stairs, it is important to preserve the broken tooth. Even if your teeth appear fine, you may need to get them checked for internal damage. You can preserve the teeth by placing it in a cup of milk, until your procedure. This may prevent the teeth from rotting. Your dentist may advise you to bring it to the clinic so that the same tooth can be replanted.

6)    Metal taste

A few years ago, metal fillings were used instead of composite ones. When you begin tasting a hint of metal in your mouth, it is probably the root canal filling has started loosening. If left untreated, other teeth may get become vulnerable to infection. You may undergo severe infections, toothache and even cavities. If delayed for too long, a root canal procedure may be recommended. So, in order to avoid it, reach your dentist quickly. Your dentist may give you a new filling and clean the infected area of the mouth.

7)    Constant headache

Headaches could be because of several reasons. Work related stress, eating an ice cream in the cold, increased screen time, etc. Ordinary headaches go just as quickly as they come. But if your headaches keep becoming severe and more painful, it could be indicating an underlying issue. The teeth and the head are interconnected, so any pain experienced in the head could be an indicator of a dental problem. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, then headaches may be a result of that. You may be suggested to wear a mouth guard at nighttime. Visit your dentist for more information.

8)    Numbness

If initially you were experiencing a toothache but now it has become numb and painless, it could indicate that the infection causing the toothache has reached the root of the tooth. A lack of any sensation in your teeth is a symptom of concern. If the infection has affected the root for sure, then a root canal procedure will surely be recommended. So, whenever you are experiencing a toothache make sure to do something for it before it reaches the root of your tooth. You can also visit your nearest dentist for more information.

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