Unfortunately, accidents and injuries can happen and, in some cases, may require immediate attention. Below are some of the conditions that may require immediate attention and what you can do to kickstart your recovery.
A toothache is a discomfort that continues for some time usually not an extremely strong pain originating either within the tooth or outside of one or more teeth.
It can be caused by injury, decay, infection, or something stuck between your teeth or the gum line. Due to the level of discomfort, people tend to ignore it but you should not hesitate to contact us. A tooth pain would generally be a much stronger, more sudden, and more difficult to ignore discomfort resulting from decay, injuries, and even a damaged oral appliance. If the pain is prolonged and severe, contact our office.
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What can I do to alleviate the pain of a toothache or tooth pain?
While there can be many causes of a toothache or tooth pain, here are some things you can do right away to help relieve the pain and discomfort:
When teeth are knocked out or broken, immediate attention is required to ensure the injured tooth has the best possible chance of restoration. Contact our offices right away if such occurs.
Keep calm and take quick action. Here are some things you can do to increase your chances of a full recovery:
If the damaged tooth is sharp, you can go to your local pharmacy and pick up wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum to cover the sharp edges until you can get them fixed.
When the core of your tooth, known as the dental pulp, is damaged, a root canal procedure may be needed. In fact, some 15 million root canals are performed every year. While the damage is often detected early, sudden or persistent pain in the tooth, surrounding gums, or swelling may require quick action.
A root canal is a procedure performed by an endodontist in which the decayed dental pulp is removed, the canal is cleaned, reshaped, and sealed to help preserve your tooth.
You’ll be numbed for a root canal, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. Some people experience pain after once the numbing has worn off, which can usually be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication.
No matter what you’re experiencing, our dental team will look for all possible causes and solutions prior to any major procedure. Here are some of the signs that you may need a root canal:
We know that dental emergencies are often impossible to plan for. That’s why our Desert Sky Summerlin Emergency Dentistry team accepts walk-ins. Rest easy knowing our team is ready to assist you in whatever way we can, whenever you need it.
Sometimes, tooth decay or infection can cause too much damage and require a tooth be removed. Luckily, there’s no need to go on with the pain or discomfort caused by these issues. We’ll do all we can to save your tooth, but if required, we will set you up as soon as possible to remove the affected tooth.
In the case of infected or decayed teeth that have not fully emerged, such as wisdom teeth, tooth extraction may be needed. In the case of severe pain, we’ll do all we can to help and get your extraction done as soon as possible.
Standard tooth removal of an exposed tooth is a relatively quick procedure that can be done with a local anesthetic. Using a specialized tool, your dentist will grip the tooth and use a gentle rocking method to remove the tooth from its socket.
While no two people are the same, tooth removal is considered a fairly minor procedure, and usually takes people off work for 1-4 days, depending on the level of physical activity needed for their job. Icing and over-the-counter pain medication are often all that is required. Your dentists will go over any questions you have and help ensure you recover in the expected time.
Here are some of the signs that may indicate tooth removal is needed:
The way tooth extraction is done depends on the number of teeth that need to be removed and how deeply they are in the gums. In some cases, a local anesthetic may be all that’s needed. In others, we may use general anesthesia.
With tooth extraction, the patient is numbed or put under, and the gum is cut to expose the affected tooth. This is then removed by your dentist (in some cases, by breaking it up), and a few stitches may be used to ensure proper healing.
Your dentist will go over your expected recovery with you in detail and ensure you’re on the road to a speedy recovery. This can take 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the individual case. Pain medication, icing, and other means may be used to improve your recovery.
Here are some of the signs that may indicate tooth extraction is needed: