When To Schedule An Emergency Visit

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A dental emergency involves any sudden discomfort or damage to your teeth or gums that isn’t life-threatening. You can schedule a visit with your Vista, CA, dentist for treatment, avoiding serious complications such as decay or infection, or even the loss of a tooth. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at when you should contact us, and how we may treat your smile.

Damaged Teeth

When you chip or crack a tooth, let us know! Even if the injury seems quite minor, this could still expose inner tissues to harmful bacteria and allow problems like tooth decay or even dental infection to arise. If you have injured your tooth, let us know. Even if there is no damage visible, you could still have a fracture that needs attention. Don’t let something minor lead to a serious cavity or infection!

Compromised Restorations

If a filling or crown comes loose, or falls out, let us know right away! A compromised restoration could expose the sensitive inner tissue to harmful bacteria, allowing a cavity or infection to form. Let us know, and avoid sugary foods or drinks until we see you, as these teeth will be very sensitive. Other warning signs of trouble could include a tooth that aches, feels sensitive, or has an object stuck between it and another tooth.

Addressing Your Discomfort

First, give us a call to set up a visit so we can provide treatment. Next, rinse your mouth with warm water. If there is bleeding, then be sure to use a cloth or gauze to control it. To avoid swelling due to your emergency issue, place a cold compress or ice pack against the side of the face. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you have a toothache, or something caught between your teeth, then rinse with warm water and gently floss on either side of the tooth. If this fails to address the issue, then schedule a visit!

 Treatment Options

If you have a chipped tooth, we may correct the issue with dental bonding, or possibly contouring. If the injury is severe, we may create and place a crown. A lifelike dental filling helps treat cavities in one visit. We have options to restore the health, beauty, and function of your smile, even if you lose a tooth completely! If you have any questions about our approach to emergency dentistry, then please contact our team today. We want to help protect your smile from serious complications, so you enjoy optimal oral health.

Our Vista, CA Dentist’s Office Offers Dental Emergency Treatment

Our Vista, CA dentist’s office is ready to help treat your damaged teeth or missing restorations. For more information on addressing common emergency situations, then please contact Melrose Dental Arts at 760-724-9117.