What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can be any number of instances that require the patient to call or go into the dentist office immediately. Dr. Michael considers a true dental emergency pain caused by the tooth, jaw or surrounding gums or cheeks. He also considers a missing, broken or lost tooth in the smile an emergency. Although Dr. Michael and patients agree that both are dental emergencies, it is important to clarify that some dental emergencies may be life threatening. In the case that you are experiencing swelling, difficulty breathing, or you feel you life is danger, call 911. See below for some other examples of dental emergencies.
Sinus discomfort that is persistent and cannot be relieved with traditional sinus treatments may be caused by one or more infected maxillary teeth—some of which are located near the maxillary sinus. Infections in maxillary teeth may spread to the maxillary sinus to cause symptoms, including headache, nasal discharge, and fever. If you are experiencing chronic sinus discomfort and other root causes have been ruled out by your general practitioner, visit Sarasota Dentistry for an examination and immediate treatment of the affected teeth.
Minor injuries that occur from loose wires and brackets on braces and other orthodontic appliances can usually be treated right away at home, and are not considered true dental emergencies. However, Sarasota Dentistry offers emergency treatment for people with orthodontic appliances who have sustained trauma or injury to the teeth, gums, face, or mouth, or who have severe, unmanageable pain, discomfort, infection, or swelling in any of these areas.
Sensitivity that suddenly occurs in one or more teeth may indicate a loose or broken filling, a cracked tooth, or an infection. Signs of an infection include fever, persistent pain, and facial swelling. If you experience sudden tooth sensitivity regardless of whether you’ve been having ongoing dental problems or recently had a dental procedure, contact Sarasota Dentistry immediately for emergency treatment.