Most people understand that it is essential to get in to see a dentist every six months for a regular checkup. Though it is convenient to plan a trip to see your dental professional, what about those unexpected visits? At Nevada Sun Dental, our team understands that some dental care cannot wait, which is why we offer emergency dental care in Henderson that patients can rely on.
Understanding When You Need Emergency Dental Care
Not every slight discomfort with your teeth or mouth warrants a full trip to the dentist. The chances are good that if you are experiencing a minor toothache or a small chip in your tooth, you do not necessarily need treatment right away and may even be able to wait until your next regular visit.
Some emergencies need tending, but not necessarily right away. These are cases where there is not likely to be much harm that develops from waiting, but you should probably schedule a visit with one of our dentists in Henderson, NV. before your next regular checkup.
Then, there are the severe dental emergencies. These situations warrant a visit to the dentist immediately because waiting is likely to either cause further harm or unbearable pain.
So, how do you know when you need to visit one of our dentists in Henderson, NV. in an emergency? Here are a few common emergencies patients tend to encounter.
Losing a Filling, Cap or Crown
Many people at some point in their lives have a cavity that needs to be filled or damaged teeth that are topped and protected with a cap or crown that looks like a real tooth. Over time, it is possible for a tooth to decay further or for the person to bite down on something hard, breaking apart a filling or knocking out the crown or cap. You know you have done this because the filling, cap or crown will come loose and you will likely spit it out of your mouth. Then, there is the odd sensation of your tooth feeling entirely different than it did before. A lost filling, cap or crown puts your tooth at risk for further damage, so you should schedule a visit with us as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may have heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Our team should be able to help with the following treatments:
- Fillings: We use bio-compatible white composite resin fillings to fill any caries and create a natural look for your teeth.
- Crowns or Caps: We can place a temporary crown on your tooth or a permanent zirconia one and order a permanent one to be made and placed, which means you will probably need to come in for another visit after getting the temporary crown. We have a few different material options, including ceramic, resin, porcelain, metal and stainless steel.
Breaking or Chipping a Tooth
Another emergency dental situation is when you break a tooth. A completely broken tooth is one where much of the base of the tooth is still present, but the upper portion may be wholly broken away. If you have broken a tooth, you have likely experienced some trauma, such as your jaw getting struck hard while playing a contact sport. A chipped tooth does not necessarily need care as quickly as a broken tooth, but you will still want to come to see us as soon as possible, particularly if the chip exposes any nerves or roots or causes an inordinate amount of pain. Our plan for treatment depends on your situation and state of the tooth, but we can help a broken or chipped tooth in a few ways:
- Caps or Crowns: We may be able to place a crown on top of the broken tooth to restore function and protect what’s left from further harm.
- Extractions: An extraction is when we carefully remove the rest of the tooth from the mouth and may be necessary if leaving the tooth in place is more likely to cause additional harm, affecting the other teeth.
- Implants: If you lose your broken tooth entirely, you may have the option to replace it with an implant if you are a qualified candidate.
- Bridges: A bridge is a fabricated tooth that is supported on either side by adjacent teeth or abutments. If you end of losing your tooth entirely, a bridge may be an option for you.
Because every situation is different, Dr. Nahid Mohammadi will consult with you first to determine the best course of action for your broken tooth. You may need little cosmetic dentistry to fix it.
Losing a Tooth Due to Trauma
Sometimes, trauma to the face or jaw results in more than a broken or chipped tooth – it may knock out your tooth entirely. As with a broken tooth, this can occur when your mouth or jaw is struck with force. This can happen in sports, from falls, from car accidents or any number of other situations. Losing an entire tooth – or multiple teeth – definitely warrants an emergency trip to the dentist for treatment:
- Temporary Measures: Our team will first examine your mouth to treat any immediate trauma and take temporary measures to care for the new space in your teeth. Dr. Mohammadi will then come up with a treatment plan that suits your needs.
- Implants: Dental implants are one replacement option for losing a tooth. An implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw bone and topped with a natural-looking cap or crown. This is a surgical procedure that requires good jaw bone density, so Dr. Mohammadi will first need to determine if you are a good candidate. With proper care, implants can last for decades.
- Bridges: We can place a bridge to close the gap between your teeth and allow you to use your mouth as usual.
Experiencing a Painful Toothache
We are not just talking a mild pain in your tooth that twinges every once in a while. A toothache that warrants a dental emergency is one that interferes with your daily life – the pain is persistent, constant or unbearable. There are many different reasons why you could be experiencing a toothache, so our team of dentists in Henderson NV will need to examine your mouth to determine what the next steps should be. Our treatment could include the following:
- Root Canal: Sometimes, there has been so much damage to a tooth over time from gum disease that it wears away at the enamel and the nerves. If it’s not something that can be treated with a simple cleaning and filling, then you may need a root canal to remove the infected parts of the tooth. Though it sounds scary, root canals are routine procedures that can offer you much relief from your toothache.
- Gum Disease Treatment: Taking better care of your teeth can help to prevent future toothaches, but in the meantime, we may start treatment for advanced gum disease, which could be at the heart of your pain.
- Extractions: We only perform extractions if it is necessary. Dr. Mohammadi and the rest of our team will consult with you about your options.
Getting Emergency Care Is Easy
When you have a dental emergency, be sure to search “emergency dental near me” to find our offices and schedule an appointment as quickly as possible. We know how unbearable it can to try to deal with severe dental pain. For any of your emergency dental care in Henderson, contact us for a visit right away.