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3 Types of Dental Emergencies

December 10, 2022 8:00 am

Dental emergencies can happen due to poor oral hygiene and failure to wear proper protective appliances if you play sports or grind your teeth. They can also occur despite your best efforts. At Alma Dental Care, we treat a range of dental emergencies, such as broken teeth and unbearable toothaches.

Not sure if you are experiencing a dental emergency? Here are 3 examples of common dental emergencies.

  1. Severe Toothache
  2. Pain and aches in a tooth are never good signs. A toothache can be caused by infection, decay, or even gum disease. While you may be tempted to delay seeking treatment, procrastinating getting dental care can lead to more serious issues. Seeking urgent treatment can prevent tooth loss and the spread of infection. If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water mixed with table salt and schedule an emergency visit with our team to get checked out as soon as possible.

  3. Dental Abscess
  4. An abscess is a pocket of fluid, pus, and debris that builds up around the root of a tooth. It will not resolve on its own. When left untreated, a dental abscess can spread to surrounding teeth and gums, and even cause serious issues in the rest of the body.

  5. Chipped or Broken Tooth
  6. If you have a damaged tooth, delaying treatment could lead to infection and further damage. Fissures, cracks, and breaks in a tooth compromise its ability to withstand the forces of daily chewing and make the inner tooth structure more susceptible to an invasion of bacteria. A chipped or broken tooth should be fixed as quickly as possible so you can enjoy eating without worry!

Emergency Dentist in Petaluma

If you are experiencing a severe toothache, abscess, broken tooth, broken dentures, lost tooth, or other emergency dental situation, please don’t hesitate to contact Alma Dental Care for help. Fortunately, Dr. Serrano and our team offer emergency dental services to help relieve pain and stress and restore your smile. If you aren’t sure if you need emergency care, please call anyway so we can assess your situation!

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