Dental Emergency East Los Angeles
A dental emergency demands fast treatment in order to stop immediate symptoms and prevent potentially serious complications. Arising from physical trauma or untreated oral health problems, dental emergencies may be resolved with a variety of treatments at our office. Below are some of the most common dental emergencies, how they may be treated, and what you should do until you can be seen by our East Los Angeles dentist.
Common Dental Emergencies
Many dental emergencies in East Los Angeles involve broken teeth or oral infections. A tooth may become cracked or broken off by physical trauma, while an infection may arise in a tooth after longstanding decay. Trauma can also dislodge a tooth from its normal position. An object becoming stuck between teeth that cannot be removed easily is also considered an emergency. Toothaches often indicate a tooth infection, while a combination of gum pain and swelling may indicate an abscess.
Emergency Dental Treatments
Our emergency dentist commonly performs root canal therapy for infections, allowing patients to keep their natural teeth. Broken teeth can also sometimes be bonded back together or built up with composite material. Afterwards, a crown may be placed over the tooth for protection. When a tooth is dislodged, it may be re-seated and treated with a root canal. In some cases, damaged or dislodged teeth may have to be removed and replaced.
Pre-Treatment Steps to Take
Although emergency appointments are scheduled to prevent a delay, patients can often improve their prognosis by taking certain steps until they visit our emergency dentist. For example, patients may be advised to put a broken tooth or part of a tooth inside of their cheek to keep it from drying out before re-attachment. Over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs can be used to quell pain and inflammation.
A general rule is that when pain is present in the mouth, an emergency exam should be performed so that appropriate treatment can be performed, if necessary. Pain often indicates an infection, which may affect teeth or soft tissues. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about what to do in case of a dental emergency.