February 19, 2021
If oral pain isn’t too severe, you might be tempted to ignore it. But if you put off treatment for too long, that minor discomfort could turn into an extremely painful dental emergency! It’s important to be able to recognize the warning signs of a severe oral health issue so that you can get in contact with an emergency dentist in Wichita immediately. Below are 5 warning signs that you should call your dental practice for urgent care.
1. Loose Teeth
A permanent tooth should never feel like it’s loose; it’s supposed to be permanently anchored to the jaw. If you can wiggle a tooth, it might be a sign of an injury that damaged the underlying roots, or it could indicate an advanced infection that is starting to destroy the tissues holding the tooth in place. Whatever the case, it’s important to have a loose tooth examined quickly so that it can be treated appropriately. (This may or may not involve an extraction, depending on the nature of the damage.)
2. Severe Toothache
Some minor toothaches can be treated with home remedies, such as a salt water rinse or clove oil. Severe pain, on the other hand, requires professional attention; you should also make an emergency appointment for tooth pain that lasts more than 48 hours.
3. Bleeding, Aching Gums
If your gums bleed after you brush and floss, it could be a warning sign of gum disease. This condition isn’t too severe in its early stages, but you’ll want to have it diagnosed and treated sooner rather than later; the worse gum disease becomes, the more likely it is to result in tooth loss.
4. Swollen Jaw
Swelling is one of the most obvious signs of a severe infection. There are different kinds of oral infections you might suffer from, such as a salivary gland infection caused by a blockage of the salivary glands that stops your saliva from washing away bacteria. It’s important to have oral swelling examined by a dentist quickly so that it can be treated appropriately.
5. Dental Abscess
When an infection has spread to the root of the tooth, it can form a pus-filled pocket called an abscess. An abscessed tooth is often accompanied by a fever, a foul taste in the mouth, and swollen glands. It’s a sure sign that an infection has reached its advanced stage; immediate emergency care is required.
These are just a few examples of symptoms that you should watch out for. Talk to your emergency dentist about other possible warning signs. And if you ever have any doubts about your oral health, make an appointment right away to be on the safe side; being proactive could very well save your smile.
About the Author
Dr. Majid Sharolli has practiced dentistry since 1999, and during that time he has helped many of his patients restore their oral health. In the event of a dental emergency, he’ll always strive to see you as soon as possible and will provide long-lasting dental restorations and other services that will help you find relief and restore your smile. To learn more about his emergency services at Wichita Falls Dental, visit his website or call (940) 322-5297.
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