Dental Pain: Your Mouth is Trying to Tell You Something
Your body does almost everything well that it needs to, and one of those functions is communicating when something is wrong. That communication is called pain, and it is a signal that you need to do something to take care of it. Let Dr. Ki help you determine what that something is with our emergency dental care.
Common Dental Emergency Situations
Understanding what is and is not a dental emergency is important. You do not want to waste your time, energy, and money on a situation that doesn’t require emergency treatment. So, how do you know if you have a dental emergency or not? Here are some of the common emergency situations that we see here at Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC.
- Broken Tooth – A broken tooth can be very painful, and also dangerous. You may be left with an exposed nerve, and the possibility of infection is always present with an open wound. Depending on the severity of the break, you may need to have a crown placed over the tooth. Other times, the broken tooth may need to be extracted safely by Dr. Ki.
- Dislodged Tooth – If you have a tooth knocked out, it is imperative that you get in to see Dr. Ki as quickly as you can. The clock starts ticking on the life of your tooth the moment it leaves your mouth. Without prompt dental care, you will end up with an open spot in your mouth.
Sometimes people only link extreme pain to emergency situations, but that is not always the case.
- Abscess – A very dangerous condition, an abscess is a pocket of infection that develops inside your gums. Many times it is painful, but there are occasions in which all the person feels is pressure and maybe some warmth coming from the area. If left untreated, an abscess will wreak havoc in your mouth, stealing teeth and bone mass alike. Any time you feel pressure in an area of your mouth, you should see Dr. Ki. The pressure is a sign that something is somewhere it shouldn’t be, and that’s never a good thing to ignore.
What Should You Do?
The first thing you need to do if you think you need urgent care is call our office at 703-552-2530. We will go over what happened and what your next steps need to be. Those steps may be for you to come into the office immediately for care or to set you up with an appointment in the next few days. We will help you determine what level of care you need for your specific situation. If you know you are not experiencing an emergency, you can call to make an appointment or use our online form.
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