Emergency Dentist In Morgan Hill, CA
Most dental issues can be prevented with proper care including brushing and flossing twice daily and visiting the dentist every 6 months. However, the team at Your Dentistry of Morgan Hill understands that emergencies happen. That is why we offer emergency dental treatment when you need it.
In addition to emergency treatment, we offer a variety of other dental services including general and preventive care, cosmetic and restorative procedures, and more. We are a comprehensive clinic for all ages.
In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about dental emergencies.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is a dental issue that requires immediate attention. It is important to note that while all dental issues do need to be treated, not all of them require emergency treatment. However, if you have uncontrollable pain, bleeding, and/or swelling, it should be treated with urgency.
Some of the most common dental emergencies we see at Your Dentistry of Morgan Hill include:
If you have a toothache, the first thing you need to do is rinse your mouth with warm water. Remove any lodged food with dental floss and if you have swelling, use a cold compress outside of your mouth/cheek. Take an OTC pain reliever to help with pain and swelling.
A toothache that comes and goes is not necessarily an emergency. However, if the pain is severe and does not resolve with at-home treatment, you’ll need to get an emergency appointment.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Typically, wisdom tooth extraction is not an emergency- it is a procedure that can be scheduled ahead of time. However, if they are impacted, you may need emergency extraction. An impacted wisdom tooth is horizontally angled/aligned, which causes them to push on neighboring teeth, causing pain and/or shifting of the teeth.
If you do not have the issue addressed early, you may have long-term damage, such as misalignment, tooth damage, tooth decay, infection, gum disease, and/or cysts.
Bleeding gums are common and not necessarily something to worry about. However, if the bleeding is uncontrollable and you have pain and/or swelling with it, you should treat it as an emergency. This may indicate severe gum disease or an injury that requires sutures.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
A dental abscess is a serious condition that requires emergency treatment. If left untreated, it can cause damage to surrounding teeth, gums, and jawbone. An abscess is characterized by a boil- or pimple-like bump near the tooth root. An abscess can lead to swelling of the face/jaw and may spread to other areas of your body.
It is critical that you visit the dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can ease the symptoms of abscess by rinsing several times a day with a mild saltwater solution.
Emergency Root Canal
The primary goal of dental treatment is to preserve your natural teeth when possible. If a tooth is severely decayed, root canal treatment is often the first recommendation. This involves removing the infected pulp and disinfecting the inside of the tooth. A biocompatible material will be used to fill in the void and the tooth will be sealed with a dental filling or crown.
If a tooth is badly infected and no other options are available, emergency extraction may be recommended. Extractions may be simple or surgical. In the case of a simple extraction, the tooth can simply be pulled from the socket. In the case of a surgical extraction, the tooth must be cut out. This is often necessary if a tooth is damaged or if it is severely decayed and pulling it could cause it to fall apart.
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Prevent Further Complications with Same-Day Care
Depending on the situation, treatment may be scheduled for a future date. On the other hand, if necessary, treatment may be done on the same day to prevent further complications. Some of the most common same-day treatments include:
Most of the time, we will take steps to save the affected tooth. However, this isn’t always possible. If your tooth is severely decayed, infected, or causing alignment issues with neighboring teeth, extraction may be recommended.
If the tooth pulp is infected, root canal therapy may be recommended. This involves drilling a small hole in the tooth and removing the pulp. The tooth is then disinfected and filled with a biocompatible material and sealed. This gets rid of the infection while saving the structure of the natural tooth.
If you have a tooth that is cracked/broken, a dental crown may be recommended. A crown may also be used to protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.
If your toothache is due to a cavity, you may need a dental filling. This procedure involves removing the decay and filling it with composite resin or other material.
Do You Have a Dental Emergency?
If you have a dental emergency, it’s important to seek immediate care. The team at Your Dentistry of Morgan Hill is here to help. We are located at 795 Cochrane Road in Morgan Hill. You can visit our website to schedule your appointment or you can call us at (408) 520-1782.
We have the experience and expertise to handle your dental emergencies and to prevent further complications with our top-quality care. We offer a variety of dental services including general and preventive care, cosmetic and restorative treatments, periodontal treatment, and more. We offer comprehensive care for patients of all ages. We look forward to working with you to preserve your smile for years to come.
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