What is a Dental Emergency?

3 Types of Dental Emergencies

It always seems to happen on a weekend. You start experiencing extreme tooth pain, or your gums are bleeding, or a tooth gets knocked out while playing sports. No matter what the case, you need to understand what constitutes a dental emergency so that you know when to seek urgent care or when it can wait until your next appointment. Then you can receive any needed pain relief and get on track to have a treatment to address the underlying issue that is causing your pain.

1. Constant Headaches

Headaches can be caused by a variety of reasons, including stress, illness, or eating something cold. But if your headaches occur frequently and are severe, it could be an indication of something else. Since your teeth and head are connected, any pain with your jaw or in your mouth can cause a headache.

If you are experiencing constant headaches, you may be grinding your teeth at night. This puts great stress on the same muscles involved with chewing your food, leading to headaches. We can take a look and see if you have common signs of bruxism like increased teeth sensitivity or worn-down tooth enamel. You may only need to wear a mouth guard at night to correct this condition.

2. Metallic Taste in Mouth

Have you ever had a metal filling? If you are getting a metallic taste in your mouth, it could be because a dental filling has become loose or cracked. If this is the case, you should seek emergency dental care since an open filling can lead to a serious infection or cavities. If you do nothing, you'll probably have a toothache, cavity, or even require a root canal procedure. Visit your dentist so that you can receive a new dental filling and any infection can be cleared out.

3. Toothache

Experiencing a dull ache in your teeth or gums does not normally count as a dental emergency. But if you are experiencing excruciating pain that prevents you from performing activities like chewing, drinking, thinking, or sleeping, it is time to visit the closest dentist in your area.

A toothache can be caused by a number of problems, so your dentist will need to identify the cause before recommending a treatment. Tooth pain could indicate something as minor as a cavity, but it could also be due to something major like an abscess or periodontal disease. The best way to get pain relief is to visit your dentist as soon as possible to have it checked out.

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An emergency dental visit can involve a lot more than a simple toothache. Be sure to pay attention to anything going on with your mouth, like pain, numbness or swelling. These could be indications of a greater issue that needs to be checked out.

If you are experiencing tooth pain, or any of the other common types of dental emergencies, please contact Aesthetic Dental Center of Rockland County right away so that we can provide pain relief and the appropriate treatment.

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