Tooth pain and other dental emergencies are no laughing matter. Not only can this situation be physically unbearable, but if left untreated, even further negative consequences can occur. At Plantation Dental, we take these scenarios very seriously and will address your specific needs with both experience and professionalism. Still, you might be unaware which conditions dictate that you should seek emergency help immediately. Not only will this enable you to ease tooth pain, but you can avoid potentially costly and time-consuming procedures down the line. Let us look at some situations which Dr. Juliana Gohill and Plantation Dental will quickly resolve.
Signs of Trouble
While even a minor toothache will require dental attention as soon as possible, there are some other serious symptoms which may dictate that an emergency could be taking place. Some of the most common are:
- Swelling in the face; this may be a sign of an infection within the tooth.
- Pain that cannot be abated with normal medication.
- A portion of the upper or lower jaw is hot to the touch.
- A permanent tooth that has been completely knocked out.
- Trauma following an accident (such as a sports injury).
- Profuse bleeding after a procedure.
- Any type of oral pain accompanied by a fever.
While some of these symptoms may appear mild, others are a clear sign that you need to head to the dentist immediately. Failing to do so will only worsen the condition.
Preparing Ahead of Time
It is always a good idea to have an emergency kit handy should you find that you need to get to the dentist on short notice. This is also great if you are unable to schedule an appointment or the dentist will not be able to see you until a certain time or date. A few of the most important items to have within this kit will include:
- Over-the-counter painkillers.
- Gauze and cotton pads to stop any bleeding.
- A trusted mouthwash.
Also, there are some patients who may be allergic to certain medications or could have had problems with anaesthesia in the past. If you are aware of any such circumstances, write all of these facts down on a piece of paper and present it to the doctor when you arrive; this can allow them to find the best and safest treatment options.
Thankfully, it is quite rare that a dental emergency will occur. Still, there are times when an unexpected event could lead you to schedule a sudden appointment. Keeping the previously mentioned symptoms in mind and preparing yourself accordingly will enable you to receive the most targeted and beneficial treatment.
Have you been experiencing any of the situations that we have mentioned? If so, do not hesitate to call 954-870-4846 to book an immediate appointment or if you have any additional questions. Proper oral care needs to be taken seriously and Dr. Juliana Gohill at Plantation Dental is here to help.