Emergency Dental Treatment

Many people do not see a dentist on a regular basis. They go only when they feel they have a problem. We call this “Emergency treatment” as opposed to preventive treatment. While these patients may feel they are saving money, it usually ends up costing much more, such as, time, money, and loss of work. The reason for this is that most emergency dental problems do not have any symptoms until they reach the advanced stages, or they have had symptoms that come and go.

An example is tooth decay; we hear it all the time. “Nothing hurts” “I broke ½ of the tooth but there was no pain” “It must be okay” or “I thought it would go away”. Tooth decay does not always hurt until it gets deep and close to the nerve. You may only feel a little sensitive to hot, cold, or sweets until you fracture your tooth or the decay has entered into the nerve causing swelling and pain.

Unfortunately, by the time you have sought treatment you most likely will need a root canal and crown, instead of the small filling, which could have been placed several years ago when the cavity was small. It is not uncommon to see a patient with a large cavity or even fractured tooth and they have not felt a thing.

One of the symptoms that makes a tooth hurt is gum infection and or abscess. This is the result from bacteria entering into the bone and nerve of the tooth causing infection.

This causes the nerve to start dying, swelling of the gum tissue, and damage to the bone. This infection can expand and travel to other areas of the body if left untreated. This can become life threatening if left untreated. People tend to hold off hoping the problem will settle down or go away. While that often works during the week, it will probably blow up on you when it’s late at night, on the weekend, or when you are out of town, and it is going to hurt until the antibiotics start attacking the source of the infection. The unfortunate part is that by the time you seek help the infection and pain is harder to get under control.

At worst, it is possible that a fixable situation could deteriorate to where there is no other choice but to pull the tooth. And if you wait until this is the situation then you will have other dental issues that will arise.

Pulling a tooth may sound simple and the best solution at the time but will cause problems later that will cost you with bone loss, loss of other teeth, misalignment, and jaw (TMJ) problems in future. How quickly no one can tell you. So it is not only inconvenient and hurts, but becomes very costly to replace the missing tooth.

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