Abscess or Swelling
Another dental emergency that requires immediate attention is a tooth abscess. Tooth abscesses occur when a bacterial infection causes a pocket filled with pus to develop near the top of the tooth root or adjacent to the tooth on the gums. Tooth abscesses can occur due to poor oral hygiene, an untreated cavity, dry mouth, a high sugar diet or injury to the tooth. Common symptoms of a tooth abscess include temperature and pressure sensitivity, facial swelling, fever, and throbbing pain. When a ruptured abscess occurs, it’s common to experience a sudden rush of pain relief followed by foul taste in the mouth. This is the release of salty fluid inside the abscess from rupturing.
One of our top dental emergencies we see at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics is toothaches. Before you contact us for a toothache, it’s important to figure out if there are any pieces of food or debris in the teeth. You can try to dislodge anything that’s stuck by swishing water around in your mouth, brushing your teeth and flossing. If the toothache doesn’t go away after doing this, it’s likely there’s something else going on.
If a tooth has become partially dislodged away from the socket, please contact us for a visit immediately. Until you make it to our office, apply a cold compress on the outside of your mouth on the cheek to keep swelling down.
Although an orthodontic emergency usually doesn’t cause severe pain or bleeding, it can disrupt your treatment. If you break a bracket or have a poking wire from your braces or damaged or lose an Invisalign aligner, it’s an emergency. Please contact us to resolve your problems so your treatment isn’t disrupted.
Having a dental emergency in Spokane? Don’t worry, our dentists are happy to help. Please stay calm and contact us by calling (509) 532-1111 for an immediate appointment.