Have you ever had a sudden toothache? What about an accident that has chipped or broken your tooth? Since these situations are considered emergencies, you need to visit your dentist as soon as possible for treatment. With emergency dentistry, your doctor can see you on short notice to help resolve your issue and get you back to your day-to-day life. At Los Lunas Smiles, in Los Lunas, New Mexico, we offer emergency dentistry to alleviate discomfort and restore your oral health.
When Do I Need Emergency Dentistry?
Every unexpected pain in your mouth is not an emergency, so you need to understand what conditions qualify. If you experience any of the following, you need to seek medical treatment immediately:
- Swollen, red, or bleeding gums
- Pus in the mouth that could be from an infection
- A loose crown, bridge, or other restoration
- Broke, loosen, or chipped teeth
- Jaw pain
- Prolonged tooth pain
In many emergency situations, we can see you the same day to prevent you from waiting longer with painful symptoms. Our medical team is highly trained and experienced in seeing patients on short notice. Even if you’re not sure if you are experiencing an emergency, we encourage you to contact our office, where we can still schedule you for an appointment.
What Treatments Are Available?
When you visit our practice, we offer an array of treatment options depending on your condition. First, our dentist goes over the symptoms you are experiencing and reviews your medical history. We then examine your mouth to locate the source of your dental problem. From there, we can customize a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Some patients might require a root canal to fight an ongoing infection. In these situations, the goal is to try to save a tooth instead of extracting it. To put you at ease and ensure your comfort, we first numb your mouth. The dentist then accesses the pulp inside the tooth to remove the infected tissue. The area is cleaned and sanitized to remove any remaining bacteria and harmful germs. Finally, to strengthen the tooth, a restoration like a crown is placed on top.
If a tooth is too damaged or infected, an extraction might be the only option. Your mouth is first numbed before the dentist uses a specialized tool to remove the damaged tooth. Patients are often surprised at how comfortable the procedure is due to advanced methods and techniques.
When cavities have been left untreated for too long, they can cause serious dental issues. The tooth decay can penetrate deeper into the tooth, which can cause a lot of pain. If you experience a cavity that is painful and making it difficult to eat, emergency dentistry could be the solution. You might need an immediate filling to treat the pain and discomfort of tooth decay. The filling can also prevent further damage to the tooth.
How Do I Prevent Emergency Situations?
While some accidents are unavoidable, individuals can avoid many emergencies by practicing good oral hygiene. A good regimen includes brushing and flossing daily. Patients also need to visit their dentist regularly for check-ups to discover issues early on before they progress. Preventative care is the key to helping keep the teeth and gums healthy and functional.
Schedule a Consultation
If you need emergency dentistry or want to learn more information about the dental services that we offer, please give us a call at 505-865-4341. Patients can also schedule an appointment online.