A dental emergency can mean many things, and it’s impossible to cover every possible scenario. However, we consider any situation that poses an immediate risk to your oral health or causes you pain to be a dental emergency.
Common Dental Emergencies in High Point, NC
The most common dental emergency we see is an oral infection, usually in the tooth's canal. This infection often causes severe pain and swelling, requiring gentle root canal therapy to ease the ache and restore your oral health.
We numb the area, extract the infected pulp and tissue, and then seal off the tooth with a temporary filling for your root canal treatment. We often cap the tooth with a dental crown to restore function at a future appointment.
While a root infection is the most common emergency, others demand immediate treatment, including:
- A broken tooth or tooth trauma
- A broken or lost restoration
- A tooth knocked out or loosened
- An object lodged in tissues or between teeth
If you have a minor tooth chip or slightly mobile restoration, it may be that you can wait a few days to see the dentist. However, if you notice pain or swelling, we like to see you as soon as possible.
Prevention Lowers Your Risks
Visiting your dentist every six months lowers your risks for the most common dental emergencies—deep decay and root infection. We also suggest adopting and implementing a proactive oral health routine at home—brushing and flossing at least twice daily or after eating. You should also report oral changes to your dentist timely, including tooth sensitivity or inflammation.
If you suspect a dental emergency or are unsure, our team is here to help. So give us a call today to chat with one of our knowledgeable team members.