Emergency dentistry includes an array of treatments aimed at relieving pain and other symptoms associated with dental trauma, infection or decay, as well as preventing further damage to the teeth and gums. Pretty much any issue that causes pain or dysfunction can be considered a dental emergency. Some of the more common issues requiring emergency or urgent care include:
Generally speaking, when an issue occurs that causes pain or other symptoms or interferes with the normal function of the teeth or jaws, patients should call the office immediately to schedule an evaluation.
That depends on the location of the tooth and the type and extent of damage. The first step in performing any extraction is to have digital x-rays to provide in-depth information about the structural integrity of the tooth and to assess the damage. Some teeth may be saved with root canals or other restorative procedures. When an extraction is necessary, digital x-rays can help the dentist decide the best way to perform the extraction. Simple extractions can be performed with special instruments designed to lift the tooth from the socket. More complex extractions including extractions of teeth broken off under the gums and very badly decayed and weakened teeth may require oral surgery using incisions into the gum to ensure all the tooth is removed.
Wisdom tooth extractions are performed under sedation to enable the patient to remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Once the tooth is evaluated and assessed with digital x-rays, an incision is usually made into the gum near the tooth to enable the entire tooth to be removed. After the tooth has been removed, the incision is sutured closed and the patient will be provided with special instructions on caring for the extraction site while it heals. Multiple wisdom teeth usually can be extracted in the same visit. Oral pain medication and cool compresses can help relieve any discomfort that may occur following the extraction.
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