Emergency dental care involves treating sudden and unexpected dental problems that require immediate attention, such as severe toothache, broken or knocked-out teeth, or soft tissue injuries to the mouth and face.
Broken or Fractured Teeth
Sometimes teeth break! Even with quality homecare and maintenance accidents happen and we are here for you in your time of need. Whether its a filling, crown or part of your own tooth, a broken tooth can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and often downright painful. Broken teeth are often caused by an underlying problem such as large metal amalgam fillings, cavities under an existing filling, or a bite that stresses the teeth too much. Emergencies are just that, emergencies, so if something hurts give us a call and we will see you as soon as possible.
Root Canal, Pulpotomy and Pulpectomy
If you're experiencing intense pain or sensitivity in one or more of your teeth, you may be in need of a root canal. A root canal is a procedure that is performed when the soft tissue inside the tooth, called the pulp (or nerve), becomes infected or inflamed. This can be caused by a deep cavity, injury, or trauma. During a root canal, the damaged nerve is removed, cleaned and replaced with an inert material. The tooth is then sealed with a crown to protect and restore its function. Pulpectomies and pulpotomies are procedures to remove the inflamed and damaged nerve only, with a second visit required to fill the tooth. These procedures are done to quickly alleviate pain and discomfort for our patients.
Despite its reputation, a root canal is actually a relatively straightforward and comfortable procedure that can save a damaged tooth and alleviate pain. With proper care, a tooth that has had a root canal can last a lifetime. If you're in pain or discomfort please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment and we'll get you pain free.
Sometimes a tooth is damaged beyond repair. Unfortunately in these circumstances a tooth may need to be extracted. Our office is here for you and can remove the damaged tooth in a painless and caring manner. If you believe you may need an extraction, be sure to inform our office of current medications and medical conditions. There are many aspects of general health that influence your oral health and vice-a-versa.
Following a tooth extraction it is important that you rest and allow the body to recover. Avoid using a straw or any other sucking action, and smoking. These actions can delay healing and, in severe cases, cause dry socket (a painful complication that can be avoided with care). If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly, please call our office for a follow-up.