Dental emergencies are no fun, whether they are mild or severe. If you are experiencing slight dental pain or if your oral pain has already become intense, call us and stop your suffering NOW.
Our friendly and compassionate team will get you in ASAP. We will properly diagnose your dental emergency and provide the needed treatment or guidance to resolve the issue. There is no reason to delay taking care of your dental issue, especially if prompt care would save your oral health!
We are prepared to address any and all of your dental concerns. The following selections are a few of the most common dental emergencies that patients bring to our office.
When you start to feel tooth pain, that is your body telling you there is a problem. That tooth discomfort is often an indication that the healthy parts of your tooth are under attack. Our emergency dentist can take immediate action to soothe the tooth pain and treat the underlying cause.
Every day you delay treatment makes the damage to your tooth more extensive. Whether your toothache has become absolutely unbearable or is simply an annoyance, schedule your visit right now. Don’t torture yourself by letting the tooth pain intensify.
Depending on the state of your oral health, emergency care for tooth pain can include procedures such as:
Whatever the cause of your toothache, our dental office is here to help.
Teeth can be knocked out completely in sporting events, fights, auto accidents, or other traumatic experiences. If addressed immediately, it is often possible to restore the tooth and preserve it; however, the response must be swift in order to have any chance of rescuing the knocked-out tooth.
For emergency dentistry when dealing with a knocked-out tooth, follow these steps:
If there are any problems with being able to replace your natural tooth in your smile, we can discuss our great artificial tooth replacement options with you, such as dental implants and bridges.
The enamel of the tooth is the hard exterior surface. It’s actually the hardest material produced by the human body. Yes, even harder than bone! This toughness allows teeth to go through a lot of wear and tear as we bite, chew, speak, make facial expressions, and deal with everyday life.
Even though enamel is extremely good at its job of protecting our teeth, it can be broken, chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged. This can happen in any number of ways, from car accidents to sporting injuries, and more.
When the enamel of the tooth is broken, nerves and blood vessels may be exposed. If left untreated, this area may become infected and lead to a serious dental problem, such as a tooth infection.
A small chip that has been broken off from your tooth is not a dental emergency unless it is causing pain. However, a broken or fractured tooth, if damaged too deeply, can be tremendously painful.
In either case, you will need to get the tooth treated. The difference is only a matter of when.
Please keep in mind that any pain at all is a sign that the tooth is badly damaged. Just because you can handle it doesn’t mean you have to. If you find yourself in this situation, schedule a visit with us immediately. Neglecting a broken tooth is never a good idea.
If you have a filling or crown that is cracked or broken, please call your dentist at Wagner Dental. Broken dental restorations can cause additional damage to your tooth as well as the surrounding structures.
This can come in the form of exposed nerves and soft tissue. Any time a crown or filling is broken, the inner portions of the tooth can become infected. Broken restorations can also create sharp edges that will cut or bruise other parts of your mouth.
Failure to address broken restorations may mean that you will need more intensive solutions later.
When you contact our office, we can place a new restoration to preserve the tooth underneath and protect your other teeth from damage.
Cavities are not always emergencies. Sometimes you may not even know you have one until you come in for your semi-annual check up.
If a cavity does progress enough to make you take notice, then the time has come to see our dental office. Any pain at all—even if it is minor—is a sign that something needs to be repaired. With cavities, as with all dental problems, sooner is better. The faster we can get started with a treatment, the more of your tooth we can save.
Quick action on the part of a cavity may also prevent surrounding teeth from getting damaged and needing similar treatment.
An abscessed tooth refers to an infected tooth. Whereas a cavity is an infection that spreads throughout the inside of the tooth, an abscess is an infection that occurs between the tooth root and the gum. Once there, this infection can spread rapidly and painfully.
Common side effects of an abscessed tooth include fever, tooth sensitivity, severe toothache, swelling portions of the face, and even neck pain. If you notice a bump or swell in your gums which seems to be the source of the pain, you need emergency dental care to prevent both tooth loss and severe pain.
This situation is a true emergency for more than just your teeth. If not addressed promptly, the infection may also spread to your jaw and other areas of the body. In fact, the infection can eventually spread to your brain and lead to death.
We are not trying to scare you into visiting our practice. It is imperative though that you understand how an abscessed tooth emergency can cause a much more serious health condition. Don’t hesitate! Please call our office immediately!
Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. The most common signs of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, are gum pain and inflammation; you may also notice swelling and bleeding as you brush and floss your teeth.
This inflammation is the result of a bacterial biofilm called plaque. It grows on our teeth every day, and must also be cleaned off every day through hygiene practices such as regular brushing and thorough flossing.
These early signs often seem like no big deal. However, most adults do not realize how quickly the minor symptoms of gingivitis—the earliest stage of gum disease—can spiral into tooth loss.
The longer plaque is allowed to irritate the gums around your teeth, the more the gums will pull away, or recede. If gums recede far enough, they can no longer help to hold the tooth securely in the mouth. This results in tooth loosening, and eventually tooth loss.
Prompt action can reverse the effects of gum disease and restore your oral health. Early treatment can help you prevent tooth loss.
We want to help you save your smile, which is why you should call our emergency dentists at Wagner Dental if you notice any issues with your gums—however minor they may seem to you.
Your teeth are important, but your health is the very first priority in the case of a severe accident. Even if your teeth have been damaged, should you find yourself injured in other parts of your body, seek emergency room treatment first!
We can work with you and your teeth after you are stable and cared for.
The same is true for jaw damage. Although we are always happy to help you in the event of dental injuries, dental offices are not well-equipped to help you with a broken jaw. We recommend that patients who have jaw injuries seek help from an emergency room instead.
If you are bleeding, you can apply a cold compress to help stop the bleeding until you can reach a hospital.
We know how stressful dental emergencies are, so we have ways for you to bring your concerns to us 24 hours a day. You can use our scheduling link to set up your appointment. You can also call our office and see if we can help you today. In the event that you call when our office is closed, leave a message. We will return your call as soon as possible!
Through our selection of excellent dental services, we will help you get back to normal life as quickly and comfortably as possible!