Like with any other part of your body, if you think there is something not right with your dental well-being, it is important to seek help immediately. Today we are going over some of the signals of a dental emergency that may require a visit to us.
If you are experiencing sharp pain in your teeth, this can be a sign of infection from tooth decay and should be looked at immediately. Even if it is just your standard toothache, it still shouldn't be put off. Remember, treating conditions early means that the treatment will be easier. What can start off as a problem that simply needs filling/bonding can turn into a root canal or even extraction if there is no saving grace for the tooth.
Swelling Around Your Jaw That Stays
If you have a swollen jaw followed by pain that will not go away, this is a sign that you might have an abscess that needs to be treated professionally. An abscess is a pocket of pus that results from an infection. Another condition that accompanies a swollen jaw is a salivary gland infection, which is an infection that blocks the salivary glands preventing them from producing saliva. This can make it difficult to swallow and it puts you more at risk for tooth decay due to the inability to wash away bacteria with saliva.
You Have A Metal Taste In Your Mouth
If you previously had fillings and have a metallic taste in your mouth without any signs of bleeding, you likely are experiencing cracked, loose filling. This is considered an emergency because the opening in your tooth is now at high risk for infection if not taken care of. This is not something to ignore!
We have only covered 3 signs today, but as touched on earlier, if you think something is not right with your mouth, please stop by our office. We are here and always ready to take care of dental emergencies.