While all oral health concerns deserve our attention, some issues require immediate treatment. In such cases, an emergency dentist like Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD can provide valuable aid as well as relief from any discomfort you’re experiencing.
Below are 5 issues that an emergency dentist needs to treat as soon as possible.
1. Loose or broken teeth
An adult’s teeth should be rigidly set in place, so if you’re an adult and you have loose teeth accompanied by pain, you should see an emergency dentist as soon as you’re able. This problem can be a sign of dental cavities, gum infection, or both. Injury as a result of physical trauma can also break or even knock your teeth out, causing severe pain. Preserve any knocked out teeth in milk, then bring it to your dentist for reinsertion.
2. Extreme and/or unexplained toothache
A minor toothache may not be a sign of an urgent problem and could even be treated using home remedies. Extreme pain, however, could mean you’re suffering from severe gum infection, cavities, or abscessed teeth. An infection can lead to other concerns, such a fever, swelling in the gums or mouth, and pain that radiates to your neck or ear—all the more reason to seek immediate dental care.
3. Bleeding gums
While a little blood after flossing isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, excessive, continuous bleeding is a red flag, especially if it’s accompanied by swelling and/or pain. This could be an indication of worsening gum disease, which can deteriorate into the more serious periodontitis if left unchecked.
4. Your mouth tastes metallic
Seek the aid of an emergency dentist if your mouth tastes of metal. This symptom could mean an old filling or crown has become loose or cracked, which are issues that increase the risk of infection and dental caries. If you wait too long, you might end up needing a root canal.
5. There’s pus between your teeth
Pus between your teeth is a symptom of periodontal infection. Left untreated, this can destroy tissue and even bone, leading to tooth loss and the appearance of longer teeth due to gum recession.
Are you in need of an emergency dentist? If so, feel free to drop by at the Audubon Dental Center of Clinton clinic at 8918 Woodyard Road, Clinton, Maryland. Please contact us at (301) 856-1122 or via our website if you have any inquiries.