Toothache has a wide variety of causes, ranging from tooth decay (cavities) to trauma to the tooth from injury or teeth grinding. Thus, toothache should always be considered an emergency.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
A broken or chipped tooth can be caused by trauma, like biting into something hard or getting a blow to the face, or by tooth decay that cause your teeth to eventually break. Whether you feel pain or not, a broken or chipped tooth should still be treated as an emergency because there may be damage to the tooth or roots you may not know about.
A dental abscess is an infection that can result in pain, loss of tooth or worse. Symptoms may include red swollen gums, bad breath, foul taste in the mouth, swelling in the jaw or face, or throbbing pain when chewing. If you think you have dental abscess, call our office as soon as possible. Treatment of abscess usually requires antibiotics and one or two dental procedures to remove infected pulp and restore the decayed tooth.
Injury to the Gums, Lips, Cheeks
Injury to the gums, lips or cheeks can potentially cause permanent damage and more expensive treatment costs, if ignored. Rinse your mouth with a salt and water solution and take pain relief medication, and call your dentist right away. If you are bleeding, go to the emergency room.
Lost Filling or Crown
If a filling or crown comes out of your tooth, don't panic! First thing you should do is take the filling or crown out so you don't accidentally swallow it or breathe it in. Then schedule an appointment right away. If the filling or crown was placed by us recently, we will replace it free of charge.