A dental emergency is a situation where a patient’s oral health is in danger, and immediate treatment is required. At Arlington Family Dental Care, we offer dental emergency treatments to patients who need quick relief.

Some common dental emergencies include:

Dental Infections

Dental infections occur when harmful bacteria enter your mouth and multiply, causing swelling, pain, and possibly fever. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your dentist right away. Depending upon your symptoms, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics and advise you to rinse with a saltwater solution (one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of water).

Broken Tooth

A broken tooth can happen for a number of reasons, including biting down on a hard object like ice, a popcorn kernel, or a pen. A break can also be caused by facial trauma, like a fall or a car accident.

If a chipped or broken tooth is painful, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze to the affected region. If possible, save any pieces of the broken tooth that you can, and call us as soon as possible.

Severe Toothache

If you experience a severe toothache, contact your dentist immediately. A severe toothache may be a sign of an abscess, an infection of your tooth’s root.

An abscess can result in your toothache getting worse and can also cause severe pain and swelling. You may need a root canal to treat your abscess.

Lost Dental Restoration

Dental restoration has two main components: the dental crown (the visible part) and the tooth root (the part hidden inside the gum). If you don’t wear a dental crown as prescribed, it can lose its stability.

When the dental crown moves out of place, it may no longer fit properly, and it may irritate the soft tissue inside the mouth.

When you have a loose dental crown, you need to schedule an appointment with the dentist immediately. The dentist can assess the crown, the gums, and the tooth root. The dentist can recommend a treatment based on the cause of your loose dental crown.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Objects caught between teeth are a common dental emergency. When an object becomes lodged between teeth, the patient may experience an unbearable amount of pain. The first step is to try to wiggle it out. If this does not work, floss the object out. If that doesn’t work too, then see your dentist immediately. The point of impact may create a dental emergency if it affects your dentin or pulp.

To find out more about the dental services offered at Arlington Family Dental Care, call (817) 274-8439 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit a Dentist in Arlington, TX, at 2621 Matlock Road, Suite 103, Arlington, TX 76015.

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