What is a Dental Emergency?
Give our office a call so Dr. Kim and Highline Dental team can help identify the problem and get you out of pain. We’re here to help you get back on track!
A tooth that lingering, extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperature may have tissue damage. This uncomfortable condition is know as “irreversible pulpitis.”
Without treatment, irreversible pulpitis will gradually get worse. Eventually, the tooth can die and become infected. Root canal treatment is the recommended treatment option for this condition. Success rates for root canals on teeth are best when done on teeth before they become infected.
A small chip in a tooth is a pretty minor problem, which can often be fixed with a composite restoration. However, a larger crack may require a crown.
A cracked or fractured tooth is more serious, and must be evaluated to assess the extent of the damage. A tooth with a shallow crack may be salvaged with a crown. A deeper crack may require a root canal or extraction. In this case, a dental implant may be a great option to restore the area.
Bleeding gums are often caused by gingivitis, or “gum disease.” A dental cleaning , along with better oral hygiene, is usually enough to deal with this problem. This is why it’s so important to keep up your regular visits to the dentist!
Sometimes, bleeding can also be caused by a more serious condition called periodontitis. This is a more serious form of gum disease, which results in the gradual loss of bone that surrounds the teeth. Most of the time, people are not aware they have periodontitis, because the lack of any pain. When it does cause symptoms, it can be very painful, sometimes creating pus and gum swelling. Scaling and root planing, or “deep cleaning,” is the main method of treating this issue. Antibacterial rinses are also used to help deal with the high levels of bacteria causing this disease.
If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, call us to make an appointment, so we can help deal with this problem.
Unfortunately, severe tooth pain can be caused by several different factors, such as a fracture, excessive decay, or infection. Sometimes, the pain can actually be coming from a nerve and not your tooth! Conditions like neuropathy, or nerve damage, can cause the sensation of tooth pain, even when there are no dental issues. As such, it can be difficult to assess without a dental visit. Come in for a visit so we can figure out the source of the problem.
An abscess or facial swelling is often due to infection caused by a necrotic tooth. A root canal or extraction is indicated to remove the source of the infection: the bacteria inside the tooth. If you’re experiencing facial swelling, this may be a condition known as cellulitis, a serious medical emergency. Cellulitis can cause more serious infections in other areas of the body, including the brain. Please give us a call immediately so we can adequately diagnose the problem.