With so many kinds of toothache and dental pain, we develop a false sense of what is normal and what isn’t. Just like how you don’t need to worry about some toothaches, some toothaches, and dental symptoms that require emergency dentists and assistance.
While you shouldn’t leave all your toothaches untreated, the good news is that you have an emergency dentist right around the corner. You can even pre-book an appointment in some dental clinics. However, you still need to know which toothache is a sign needing an emergency dentist visit now, which this article will explain to you.
7 Signs You Need a Dentist NOW!
1. Bleeding and Aching Gums
If you notice bleeding while you are brushing or flossing, then let me be the first to tell you; no, that’s not normal. Some do consider it normal if the bleeding only happens while you brush or floss, this can be because of excessive force you are using. However, if the bleeding is recurring, has become excessive, coupled with swelling or aching gums, it can be a sign of gum disease.
2. Metal Taste
Metal taste in your mouth is a classic sign of a cracked or loose filling. This is a very big cause for concern, especially since open fillings can lead to new cavities and infections. You should see a dentist immediately as soon as you taste metal in your mouth. Leaving an issue like this to chance is buying yourself a one-way ticket to another root canal.
3. A Loose Tooth
The concept of ‘why fix something that’s not broken’ does not apply to a loose tooth. If you are an adult, then you shouldn’t be experiencing wiggly or loose teeth in the first place. This is because your teeth are fully matured. A loose tooth can be because of a tooth injury or a localized infection. Your jaw or nerves may have suffered damage. You need to get your tooth looked at as soon as possible by an emergency dentist to make sure you don’t have any dental cavities or gum diseases.
4. Severe Toothache
If you are experiencing a severe and sharp toothache that leaves you wincing every time you close your mouth, then that in itself is not normal. If this is the case, you have a very valid reason to worry. You cannot fix a pain like that on your own. You need expert help to diagnose the reason for the pain and take care of it. Without knowing the reason for your pain, you cannot hope for a treatment that will work.
5. Swollen Jaw
A swollen jaw is a renewed sign of serious infections. One such infection is salivary gland infection. If you have a swollen jaw with an awful taste in your mouth or you are experiencing difficulty in breathing, swallowing or a fever then emergency dental care is very much needed. An infection like that can cause the basic function of your saliva, i.e., to wash away bacteria, to stop.
6. Dental Abscess
Seeing how serious and painful a dental abscess is, if you already know that you have an abscess, then how are you not already in a detect clinic as you read this?
At its core (no pun intended), a dental abscess is an advanced stage of bacterial infection in the root of your tooth. Leaving a cavity or gum disease untreated is the leading cause of the abscess. If you notice signs of abscess, then you need to see a dentist for proper treatment but it will most likely involve surgery to drain and treat the infection properly.
Apart from these signs, having a numb tooth, prolonged canker sore, being in a constant started of exhaustion, or having headaches is also directly related to a dental emergency, especially when these signs are coupled with the ones mentioned above.
Ignoring all the signs of a dental emergency or delaying going to a dentist when you are clearly in need, will only prolong your pain and suffering. Book an appointment online and visit a dentist now!
Dentists, like us at Ideal Smile Dental, offer easy access to a teledental visit that allows you to talk to your dentist before making a visit.
If you have any dental questions, a dental emergency or need any advice on procedures, products, techniques, or if you need a second opinion, give us a call on 844-71-TOOTH (86684) or drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to make your smile more beautiful.