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Do You Need Emergency Dental Care?

How to Know if You Have a Dental Emergency

Toothaches can be a real pain and arise when you least expect them. They come in varying degrees of severity and can be caused by several reasons. However, they don’t always indicate a dental emergency. So how do you know if you need emergency care?

Because your body is all connected, leaving your dental aches and pains can lead to more complicated health issues later on. Minor problems can quickly become more significant, so seeking medical attention for more immediate relief is always best.

Warning Signs of a Dental Emergency

If you experience any of the following warning signs, don’t hesitate to call our office for an emergency dental visit.

Loose Teeth

As a child, having loose teeth is typically exciting because it means your permanent adult teeth are getting ready to grow in. However, as an adult, loose and wiggling teeth are not a good sign. Having loose adult teeth can indicate either injury or infection. Both causes can be extremely painful and require immediate attention.

If you are in a sports or car accident and endure forceful impact, you may want to see a dentist to be certain that you didn’t suffer any nerve or jaw damage. You might not experience symptoms directly after the incident, but we still recommend getting checked out to prevent further damage.

If your loose teeth are causing a toothache, you may have an infection that needs to be treated promptly. The infection could be due to gum disease or tooth decay, which is why it is crucial that you are seen by a dentist as soon as possible.

Severe Toothache

Depending on the severity of your pain, you may need to visit the dentist to receive relief. While there are remedies to treat more minor toothaches in the comfort of your own home, you should not wait to be seen if you are in extreme pain. Treating a severe toothache is dependent on its root cause, which should be diagnosed and determined by a professional.

It is critical to maintain good oral hygiene habits to prevent toothaches. Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, in addition to flossing, helps clean your teeth of any plaque or bacteria buildup that leads to infection.

Bleeding and Swollen Gums

If your gums bleed after you brush or floss your teeth, there is a strong possibility that you have early signs of gum disease or gingivitis. While this is something you want to have treated as soon as possible, the situation may not be considered urgent. However, if the bleeding is excessive and cannot be controlled, you shouldn’t wait any longer to seek treatment. When your gums are swollen, aching, and bleeding, this can indicate more severe gum disease, resulting in tooth loss or bone deterioration.

Swollen Jaw

A swollen jaw is typically a sign of serious infection. If you also experience a bad taste in your mouth, fever, or trouble swallowing in addition to your swollen jaw, schedule a dental appointment immediately. These symptoms could be due to an infection of your salivary gland, affecting your ability to break down food and wash away bacteria. These infections aren’t common, but you will want to have a dentist check it out to help alleviate your discomfort.

Treating Dental Emergencies at Access Dental

Dental emergencies go beyond minor toothaches. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of anything abnormal in your mouth, do not hesitate to call our office. The team of dental professionals at Access Dental is here to deliver an unparalleled patient experience and bring you the most comfort possible.

For compassionate and personalized care in Clifton and Union, call us today at (973) 358-6266 or contact us online.