Life can get in the way at unexpected times. In order to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room, it is important to understand the types of injuries that require the services of an emergency dentist in Salt Lake City, Utah. Injuries can cause a tooth to become broken, cracked, or even loose, and if left untreated, it can lead to severe complications. Bishop Family Dental will try to accommodate any last-minute appointment requests so that you don’t have to live with oral pain.
Reasons to see an emergency dentist:
It may be a little cavity that grew into a big one and now requires a root canal. Another possibility is gum disease, which can cause the gums to recede, leaving the tooth and roots exposed. Severe and sudden toothaches with intense pain could be the result and would require emergency treatment.
A result of an untreated dental cavity or a crack or chip in your tooth can result in a dental abscess. Bacteria can enter into the compromised area of the tooth causing swelling and inflammation. Inflammation in such a tight space forces pus into a pocket (abscess) at the tip of the root. An emergency dentist will need to evaluate and possibly drain the area as soon as possible. If left untreated, the infection could spread to your jaw bone or other areas of the body.
If your tooth has been knocked out, try to handle it as little as possible. Rinse the tooth under warm water without scrubbing it. Next, place it in a cup of milk and bring it with you. We will try to save the tooth, if possible. If not, Dr. Daniel Bishop will discuss options for replacing the tooth. If the tooth is broken, as long as the tooth structure remains in place, it can typically be corrected using cosmetic dentistry.
Emergencies do not always happen during regular business hours. If you need emergency dental care in Salt Lake City, Utah, please call 801-274-2500, and our dentist will work with you in each situation to get you treated right away. Our friendly staff will do our best to accommodate your schedule.