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The Dental Emergency You Shouldn’t Ignore

The thing about dental emergencies is that they’re not always easy to diagnose. What’s really an emergency, and what can wait until the next day your dentist is available.

The reason for this is simple. Have you ever bitten into a piece of food the wrong way – or bitten a nail (shame on you) only to have that quick, startling realization occur that you just chipped your tooth?

If the reality that you just injured your tooth isn’t enough – after the pain goes away you’re left with the (arguably) worse reality : rubbing the chipped part with your tongue over and over and over again. Let’s just face it – you’re not going to be able to ignore it. For this reason – a chipped tooth, while often just a cosmetic problem, can seem very much like an emergency.

But what about dental problems that really are emergencies? Our emergency dentists in Garden Grove weigh in with the 3 biggies you should never ignore:

Tooth Pain

Tooth pain might not seem like an emergency at first, but if you’ve had it for a while – it means that the problem inside your tooth has had more than a while to establish residency inside your tooth. However – it doesn’t belong there and waiting to evict it will only lead to more damage to your tooth and more difficult treatment.

Pain happens because there’s a nerve involved, and if there’s a nerve involved it means that something like a crack or a cavity has worked its way deeper.

Broken Teeth

It’s probably obvious that a broken tooth is never a good thing. Unfortunately, it does require immediate emergency dental attention. This is because a fracture can break through the outer layer of your teeth (the enamel), which opens up your tooth to an entire world of bacterial damage. This can spell problems. Call your dentist asap. 

Inflammation and Swelling

Inflammation and swelling can come about accompanies by pain – or not. Either way, if you’re experiencing swelling in your jaw, gum tissue, or another part of your mouth, it’s always a sign that there’s something happening that shouldn’t be.  In many cases, it is an infection that needs to be cleared up  in order to protect your tooth. Fortunately, our dentists in Garden Grove know the best way to do that.

Our Garden Grove Dentists Answer: What to do About a Cracked Molar?

One of the most common teeth that out dentists in Garden Grove treat for being cracked tend to be the molars.  The molars are the larger teeth towards the back of your mouth. In most cases, they’re used to grind and pulverize food – but they also tend to take a brunt of the force when you’re eating pretty much anything.

For this reason, molars get cracked, fractured, and chipped at a higher rate than some other teeth.

When a molar gets cracked, the damage can range drastically. Some molar injuries are very minor, only presenting a cosmetic problem that you might not even care about. Other times, a badly cracked tooth has to be treated by your dentist. But before we talk about how our dentists in Garden Grove might fix a cracked molar – let’s go over how to avoid one first.

Common Ways to Crack a Molar

  • Biting down too hard on candy (especially tough candies)
  • Chewing ice
  • Grinding your teeth at night
  • Sustaining an injury to the mouth

Fortunately, since your molars are in the back of your mouth – they’re much harder to injure due to an event such as a sports injury. That means many of the sources of danger to your molars are well within your control – including what you put in your mouth. By being conscious of what you’re putting your teeth through when you eat overly hard foods – you completely mitigate one source of damage. If you grind your teeth – there are also products available to prevent further dental damage.

So, what should you do if a molar gets cracked or damaged?

With a cracked molar, you might not know that there’s a problem for days, weeks, or even months. However – as soon as you experience pain when eating or when you gently touch your tooth, do your best to get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible.

Once we’ve had the opportunity to assess the damage, we’ll generally recommend one of a few different solutions.

  1. A Crown: A crown is placed on a tooth that’s damaged, but not without hope. Our dentists will first clean out the tooth and fill it with a special material. Then, a crown will be placed over the molar to give it strength and longevity for years to come. If a crown isn’t required, your dentist might try to use a simple bonding material to repair a small crack and save you some money. But since the molars see quite a bit of “action,” dental bonding might not last as long.
  2. Extraction: If the damage is too bad and the tooth is damaged beyond repair, extracting the tooth and replacing it with something like an implant is often recommended.
  3. Root Canal: When damage extends from the outside of a tooth to the inside of the tooth and its fleshy interior, a root canal is required to remove infected material and – ideally – save the tooth.

Do you think you might have a cracked molar? Our dentists can help. With emergency dental services around the clock and a team of dedicated dental professionals – Primary Dental care of Garden Grove has consistently earned our place among Orange County’s best affordable dentists.

When to go to the E.R. Instead of the Dentist

Going to the emergency room instead of the dentist isn’t generally the first choice you’ll really make when it comes to your teeth. In fact, emergency rooms everywhere have seen more and more patients in their waiting rooms for issues as simple as dental pain. Unfortunately, emergency rooms aren’t exactly equipped to treat teeth. In most cases, the damage that causes the problems comes down to simple decay that could have been avoided with simple preventative treatment.

However, there are some situations where you really shouldn’t wait for the dentist and should instead go directly to the emergency room. Read more about them below to know exactly where you should go to minimize the damage and get the treatment you need ASAP.

When to Make the Trip to the Hospital

Sometimes, when your dental emergency is related to the face or mouth, it can sometimes be confusing where you need to go. If your injury involves any of the following, skip the phone and go directly to the emergency room.

  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • Jaw fractures
  • An infection or abscess that’s swollen, painful, and impacting your breathing or swallowing is being affected.
  • Deep cuts to the soft tissue in and around your mouth (gums, hard palate, soft palate, etc)

When to Wait for the Dentist

If you’re not bleeding profusely or the problem doesn’t appear to be “life threatening”, you might still need care as soon as possible, but a trip to the emergency room could likely end with a long wait and the simple instructions to: contact an emergency dentist – because most emergency rooms (as we mentioned above) just aren’t equipped like an emergency dentist. As an emergency dentist in Orange County, we’ve helped countless patients avoid this hassle by offering around-the-clock emergency dentistry services.

If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, a call to your dentist will suffice:
  • Your tooth is broken
  • You have a severely cracked tooth
  • You are experiencing extreme pain from a decayed tooth that doesn’t seem to stop (but it’s not affecting your breathing or swallowing)
  • You’ve knocked out a tooth

Our emergency dentists in Garden Grove have encountered just about every dental issue there is, and offer the most advanced and modern treatments to put your smile back together no matter how severe the damage. Have a question or need emergency service? Contact us today!

How to Know You Need an Emergency Root Canal

Here At Primary Dental Care, root canal treatments and dental emergencies in Garden Grove are some of the most common procedures we encounter. In fact, emergency root canals also happen to be a common occurrence.

While many patients tremble at the thought of “getting” a root canal, the truth is that they already have them! In fact, every single tooth has a root canal.  The root canal is another name for the space at the center of every tooth that contains soft tissues including the nerve, connective tissues, and blood vessels integral to the health of your teeth.

Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp or nerve of your teeth become damaged. Typically, there are two major events that lead to a root canal. The first, is a crown fracture or major traumatic injury that exposes the pulp of your tooth. The other, infection, can be much harder to spot.

Chances are, if you’ve suffered direct trauma that’s broken one of your teeth — you’ll already be headed to the dentist for emergency dental treatment. However, if your tooth has become infected over time, that almost bearable toothache you’ve been trying to ignore could be a potentially serious problem.

If your tooth hurts, it could mean that infection has moved into the pulp of your teeth — making root canal treatment necessary to prevent the infection from fully destroying your tooth. You might be thinking, “But don’t teeth that need root canal treatment hurt a lot?” and the answer is, “Not always.” Teeth that require root canal treatment sometimes don’t cause any pain. But if your tooth does hurt, there are a few important symptoms to look out for.

  • Does your level of pain range from minor to extreme?
  • Does your tooth seem to throb, as if it has its own heartbeat?
  • Does the pain of your toothache seem to get worse when you bend over, stand up, or change position?
  • Does your toothache intensify spontaneously? Such as when you eat or drink hot or cold liquids?
  • Does your toothache wake you up from deep sleep?

If these symptoms sound familiar, the toothache you’re experiencing could signal the need for an emergency root canal. When an infection enters the pulp of your teeth, the damage caused by the infection can quickly spread to adjacent teeth.

Other symptoms to look out for include:

  • A blister or “pimple” on your gums that might be draining pus known as an abscess — a telltale sign of infection
  • Swelling
  • A large cavity or loose filling
  • Slight fever

Think you might need an emergency root canal in the Garden Grove area? We are here to help!

As a caring and experienced family dental clinic, our goal is to provide convenient, caring, and competitively priced emergency dental care in the Garden Grove area. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. When it comes to dental emergencies, time is of the essence.

 

The Most Common Dental Emergency: The Broken Tooth

You saw the impact coming. Whether you bit into something just a little too hard or slipped on the cartoonishly placed banana peel on the kitchen floor. You braced for the impact and were surprised when it happened, but knew exactly what it was when it did. First you thought, Oh. That didn’t hurt too bad, I think I’m okay. Then the throbbing started.

But remember: you are okay. 

If you chip or break your tooth, the first and most important thing to remember is that a chipped or broken tooth is imminently treatable. Don’t panic.

Your teeth are encased by enamel, the strongest substance in your body. However, there are ways to cause your tooth to chip or break. Many times — especially when your tooth chips or cracks while eating — this can be attributed to an underlying cavity that weakened your tooth in the first place. Other times, blunt force trauma directly to the face (such as with extreme sports and contact sports) can cause your tooth to break more drastically. If you’ve ever chipped or broken a tooth, you’re well aware of the sinking feeling it can cause.

Here at Garden Grove Dental Arts, we deal with broken teeth and dental emergencies a lot. Read on to learn some of the most important do’s and don’ts when it comes to emergencies with your teeth.

  • Not every chipped or broken tooth comes with pain. To help with pain, you may take over the counter pain relievers (NSAIDS) like acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
  • Did your broken or chipped tooth happen because of a fall? Be sure to use warm water to rinse your mouth out in order to wash  away debris or dirt that could be in your mouth from the initial impact
  • To help control pain and swelling you can also hold a cold compress (or the iconic “bag of peas”) on the affected area.
  • Are you able to contact your dentist immediately? If you can, call immediately and follow your dentist’s instructions. If you can’t reach your dentist immediately, try to cover the remaining piece of tooth with dental wax — which can be found at your local pharmacy or drug store.
  • Your tooth can break, fracture, crack, and chip. There are many injuries that can occur, and they all require a specific type of treatment. It’s important to remember that your teeth cannot fix themselves like your skin can. For your particular injury, your dentist may just need to smooth a chipped edge or place a filling.

Need we remind you again? Don’t panic! Your tooth is fixable. Contact your dentist as soon as you can. He or she will probably take an xray, determine the best course of action, and get your perfect smile back in action.

Do you have a broken tooth in or around Garden Grove, CA? We’re the experts and we’re happy to help.

 

 

 

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them

common dental emergencies

The average person eats 3 meals a day, surely with a snack here and there. Over the course of a year, or even a life-time, that’s quite a lot of activity for an adult’s set of teeth. Unfortunately we only get one set, so it’s important to handle unexpected dental emergencies with care.

Here at Garden Grove Dental Arts, we’re experienced emergency dentists, located in Anaheim and we have a couple tips that can help you best handle every-day dental emergencies for a smile that lasts longer.

From a toothache to a broken jaw, common dental emergencies can occur anywhere and anytime. Whether you’re involved with a sports team or simply eating popcorn at the movies, biting or bumping into something you didn’t know was there can quickly and unexpectedly do damage to your teeth.

While prevention is the best medicine, read on to learn what to do in some of the most common dental emergencies.

A bitten lip or tongue

This particular “emergency” isn’t usually serious, but can .sometimes require stitches. Simply apply pressure and a cold compress to first stop the bleeding, and reduce the swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

From skateboarding to eating hard candy, it’s not exactly hard to chip or break a tooth. Should this uncomfortable and potentially painful occurrence happen to you, don’t panic — your teeth can be fixed. First, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean the affected area. Use a cold compress to control swelling and call your dentist immediately. If possible, recovering the broken piece of tooth can give your dentist the opportunity to re-attach it to your original tooth.

A Broken Jaw

A broken jaw is a serious medical and dental incident that requires immediate attention from a doctor. If your jaw is broken, you are likely experiencing pain and swelling and bleeding from your mouth. With a broken jaw, there is also the potential that your teeth are damaged as well.  To control the swelling, apply cold as quickly as possible with an ice pack or bag of frozen peas or beans. Stabilize your jaw by wrapping a small towel beneath your jaw and tied around your head. Immediately go to your dentist or hospital emergency department.

Knocked out Teeth

A fast, sudden impact to your teeth can cause one or more of them to be knocked completely from your mouth. This often occurs in contact sports and in many unexpected accidents. According to the ADA, in the event that one of your teeth is knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown (the “sharp” end) and rinse the root (the “Gum” end) without removing any of the root tissue attached to it. If you can (and it doesn’t hurt too much), delicately insert the tooth into its socket. As an alternative, ensure the tooth and attached roots stay moist by placing it in a container filled with saliva or milk. Contact your dentist immediately.

A Toothache

Causes of a toothache can range from a tooth abscess or fracture to a damaged filling, habitual tooth grinding, or infected gums.   If you get a toothache, the first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water, followed by gently flossing your teeth to ensure there is no food stuck between your teeth. This process also helps pinpoint specific sources of pain. If you experience a persistent toothache, contact your dentist. Typical solutions for a toothache can range from antibiotics to more involved dental procedures such as a filling , root canal  or the creation of a custom mouth guard to prevent grinding.

Something’s Caught in Your Teeth

Everyone knows the feeling: you’ve got something caught in your teeth and you don’t have access to any floss. Above all else, avoid reaching for the nearest sharp object. Using something sharp to pick your teeth could elevate this very minor emergency into something more serious — like a chipped tooth. If dental floss doesn’t work to dislodge something from your teeth, call your dentist.