Emergency Dental Services in Tulsa
Tulsa Emergency Dental Services
What Constitutes A Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies can be obvious, such as a broken tooth or pain or trauma. Other issues such as mild sensitivity or a loose crown probably aren’t emergencies, but they could be. If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact our office. Our team will take great care of you and provide treatment options.
Toothache is the most common in all emergencies, which is the pain in teeth and jaws that is caused by tooth decay. When serving hot or cold drinks, the pain accelerates and sometimes become sharp. When you have experienced the pain for more than two days, make an appointment with your doctor.
A toothache may be caused by:
- The dental pulp becomes inflamed due to tooth decay or a cracked tooth.
- Ulcers on your gums.
- Swollen gums around a tooth that is breaking.
- Injuries at the point that jaw touches the skull.
Treating toothache depends on the cause for the pain and examination by the dentist will know the best treatment for you, and conventional procedures are:
- In the case of tooth decay, the dentist removes the decayed area and instead replaces it with a filing.
- A loose or broken filling will be treated by being taken out and decay removed and replaced with a new one.
- For pulp infection, the dentist performs a root canal treatment, which is a lengthy procedure but worth it in the end.
Lost a tooth
Loss of a tooth is uncommon for adults, though, at a certain age, we start losing our teeth. Teeth are designed to work together, and missing one or more teeth may impact your speech and also alter your smile. A tooth may be lost due to:
- Tooth decay, especially the 12 permanent teeth.
- Gum disease and the gums swells and teeth are just lost.
- An injury such as in fights where two front teeth may be knocked out.
Loss of a tooth can be treated in the following ways:
- Implants- It is a preferred option where the dentist asses the bone where your tooth will be implanted. A titanium screw acts as the new tooth root, and the implant is anchored at its place.
- Bridges- A bridge is a metal frame that has artificial teeth and acts as a suitable replacement for several teeth.
- Removable partial dentures- These are used in the case you need to replace your teeth. The dental appliance has replacement teeth attached to a pink base.
A root canal is a treatment that is performed to save a tooth that is decayed or is infected. The root canal procedure involves the nerve and pulp removal, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. The natural cavity within the center of the tooth is the root canal. When a root canal procedure is performed, it may lead to new infections due to:
- Root canals may be many, and others are left unattended.
- An undetected crack in the root of a tooth.
- The inner sealing material may break down and allows bacteria to contaminate the internal parts of the teeth.
Before conducting a root canal procedure, check other alternatives such as bridges, implants, or removable partial dentures.
A broken tooth does not always hurt, but mostly it leaves exposed nerves or tooth dentin leading to high sensitivity. A fractured tooth in some way may cut your tongue and cheeks, causing a lot of pain. Teeth breaking may be caused by many factors such as:
- Chewing hard foods such as nuts.
- In case of accidents, there might be blows to the mouth or during a fistfight.
- Changes in the temperature in the moth when least expected.
- Pressure from teeth grinding.
- Large fillings that weaken the integrity of the tooth.
For temporal treatment, you can try out the following ways:
- Rinse your mouth every time you eat to clear debris from the broken tooth. In this case, use plain or warm water and do not apply much pressure during rinsing.
- Broken teeth may cause the face to swell, and you may use ice. Just cover ice cubes and then gently place them at the place that is grown.
- Avoid certain types of foods such as nuts, cold beverages, fruits with seed in them, and coffee.
This will relieve pain for a short time and seek immediate attention and go on check-ups regularly.
This is mainly a problem that may seem easy to solve, but in real sense, it is one of the hardest. Dentures may break in ways such as:
- A tooth is coming off or breaking.
- The denture may break in half.
- The “pink” acrylic may fall or break off.
In the case of a tooth falling off a denture, this is simple to solve with a temporally fix. The best fix is going for a professional repair, and you may solve by:
- Superglue- There is a simple procedure for this, and after applying the superglue and letting it dry, you are back to normal.
- Denture repair kit- This is an alternative to superglue and uses the same procedure as the superglue.
These are the last for molars to grow at the back of the mouth that doesn’t have enough room to emerge. The impacted wisdom teeth may cause pain and cause dental problems. Some symptoms of the impacted wisdom teeth getting infections are:
- Swollen gums.
- Bleeding or soft gums.
- It is swelling around the jaw.
- Difficulties in opening your mouth.
Consequently, to prevent such symptoms, keep a regular six-month dental appointment, and don’t hesitate when you have the above symptoms.