When a dental emergency occurs, it isn’t always what you would expect. For example, some dental emergencies don’t seem like emergencies at first, or the problem may not seem as severe as it actually is. The good news is that, for most common dental emergencies, recovering from the condition can often be a simpler and more conservative process than you might expect. Today, we examine a few treatments designed to address some of the most common dental emergencies, and why seeking treatment as soon as possible is essential to overcoming them.
Fixing tooth damage before it gets worse
Some of the most frequent types of dental emergencies involve direct, sometimes severe damage to your tooth’s structure. For example, the tooth’s crown may fracture significantly, or have a large piece broken off of it, due to factors such as traumatic injury or excessive pressure. The problem with tooth damage is that it will continue to get worse even if it doesn’t seem severe at first. If it’s already substantial, then restoring the tooth as soon as possible could be necessary to save the tooth from being lost or having to be extracted.
Treating a tooth infection that’s become severe
Tooth infection is more commonly referred to as tooth decay, and in most cases, it’s a progressive condition that starts off minor. In mild to moderate cases of tooth decay, the tooth can often be restored with a tooth-colored filling procedure. However, severe tooth decay, which involves the infection of your tooth’s inner tissues, can cause significantly more intense tooth pain and affect a majority of your tooth’s natural structure. Treating severe tooth decay is often an emergency situation, and should be accomplished as soon as possible to avoid further oral health complications resulting from the infection.
Removing a tooth that’s extremely compromised
Tooth damage and decay are only two ways a tooth might be severely compromised. However, in some cases, the condition may not be as direct or obvious. For example, if you have a tooth that’s become impacted, such as a third molar (wisdom tooth), then the tooth’s impacted position can pose a serious threat to the rest of your oral health. As the impacted tooth continues to grow, it can damage nearby teeth and lead to intense levels of discomfort. The sooner you extract an impacted wisdom tooth, the better chance you can have of avoiding more serious oral health concerns and the need for more extensive emergency dental treatment.
Seek the right treatment for your dental emergency
Dental emergencies can occur in several different ways, but with the right treatment, you can restore your smile and prevent any further damage from occurring. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and all neighboring communities.