Not all types of dental emergencies are the same, though in most cases, it’s important to seek appropriate treatment for one whenever it occurs. At our office, we can provide emergency dental treatment to help you preserve your smile and prevent any further damage to your teeth, oral tissues, or more. Today, we take a look at a few common dental emergencies and why it’s important to seek treatment for them as soon as possible.
When your tooth is broken or fractured
Teeth can become damaged in a number of different ways, and the specific type of damage they sustain also varies greatly. Yet, when a tooth is significantly fractured or broken, the damage can threaten the tooth’s health and integrity severely enough to require emergency treatment. The fracture or break may grow worse the longer it’s exposed to the pressure of your bite, making the tooth itself weaker and more susceptible to being lost (or needing to be extracted). If treated promptly and with the right restoration, such as a custom-designed dental crown, the tooth will have a better chance of regaining its ability to function without sustaining further damage.
When your tooth is knocked out of its socket
Some types of dental emergencies involve damage to your tooth that could lead to its loss. Others may directly cause you to lose a tooth, such as accidental trauma that’s forceful enough to knock the tooth’s root out of the socket. The loss of a tooth can negatively impact your smile in many different ways, and all of them are significant to your immediate and long-term oral health. For instance, your bite’s function can diminish and become imbalanced, while your remaining teeth become subject to damage, as well. Mitigating these impacts and restoring your smile may require replacing the tooth as soon as possible.
When your tooth decay takes a turn for the worst
Tooth decay isn’t typically an emergency situation. For many people, it’s most commonly a cavity that can be treated with a conservative, tooth-colored filling. However, when tooth decay isn’t treated promptly, it can quickly grow more severe and infect the internal pulp and root canal of the tooth. These chambers hold your tooth’s nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues, which travel from the pulp to the jawbone through the root canal. When these tissues become infected with decay, saving the tooth and the rest of your oral health may require addressing the infection without delaying any longer.
Call our office if you have a dental emergency
If you experience a dental emergency, then find out how immediate treatment can help you save your smile. To learn more, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also serve the residents of Kingwood, Conroe, Livingston, and all surrounding communities.