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Emergencies are never convenient, and they are rarely easy to deal with. However, when you damage any part of your body, it’s always vitally important to get medical attention as quickly as possible. This same rule applies to a dental emergency!
When you, a friend, or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, you can trust that our skilled team at Mountain Springs Dental can provide you with the immediate care and attention you need.
Mountain Springs Dental Is Your Emergency Dental Provider in Ogden, Utah
We value your oral health and your smile! That’s why we believe in providing emergency treatment and services to patients who’ve experienced dental trauma.
The tissues in your mouth are uniquely designed to combat damage by healing very quickly. That’s part of the reason it’s so important to get in for emergency dental treatment right away—if not addressed soon enough, the mouth could heal in a less than ideal way.
Our practice is ready to open when you need us in the case of a dental emergency. We’re here to provide the care your smile will need exactly when it needs it.
What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?
In general, a dental emergency is any problem that needs immediate treatment to alleviate pain, stop bleeding, or save one or multiple teeth. This includes situations involving serious infections.
The body is a complex organism, full of interconnected systems that rely on one another. When one or multiple of those systems is threatened, the body reacts with many warning signs, including shock and all the symptoms that come with it.
Some instances that qualify as dental emergencies could send you into shock where others won’t. So even if your body isn’t responding and sending you into shock, there’s a good chance that any extra pain you’re dealing with is still a dental emergency.
Types of Dental Emergencies
The following is a list of some of the more common types of dental emergencies we see at our office.
If you, a friend, or a loved one is dealing with any type of situation like the following, Mountain Springs Dental is your go-to practice for emergency dental treatment in the Ogden, UT, area.
Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Teeth
Teeth experience a good amount of wear, tear, and pressure throughout a patient’s lifetime. If you grind or clench your teeth, that only adds to the problem.
Any type of dental stress—including grinding, clenching, chewing on hard foods, overly large fillings, etc.—can threaten the integrity of a tooth and put it in a precarious position. Teeth weakened by any of the previously mentioned situations are at risk for chips, cracks, or even breaks.
When this occurs, it qualifies as a dental emergency because teeth damaged in this way can be more susceptible to disease and decay. A break in your tooth can also leave all the sensitive nerves and tissues at the center of your tooth exposed, and this can be very painful.
At Mountain Springs Dental, we can help fix and prevent this type of problem with beautiful tooth restorations.
Severe Swelling in Gums
If teeth aren’t kept clean with regular brushing and flossing, there’s a danger that dental plaque and bacteria can build up between teeth and down below the surface of the gums. This can lead to serious issues including severe swelling of the infected areas.
Not only is this painful for you, it can also indicate that there are more serious problems taking place including potential development of gum disease or decay well below the crown of the tooth.
If you’re dealing with severe swelling of the tissues in any part of your mouth, it should be considered a dental emergency and you should make an appointment to see us at Mountain Springs Dental right away.
One of the more serious dental emergencies we handle at our practice is that of a knocked-out tooth. Losing a tooth doesn’t have to leave you with a gap in your smile—in fact, there’s every possibility that the tooth can be saved and secured back in its proper place with help from our dentists!
When a tooth is knocked out, it’s usually due to some blunt force trauma where a patient is hit in the head. This often happens in a sports setting; it also occurs when patients fall or hit their heads in such a way that their mouth is exposed and the teeth take the force of the fall.
If your tooth is knocked out, first make sure the root is still intact. If it is, be very careful to only handle the tooth by the crown—do not touch the root! If the tooth needs to be cleaned off, take care to gently rinse it with warm water.
Try to reposition the tooth back in the socket, if the person who lost the tooth is able to handle it—but do so very carefully.
If it cannot be put back in, it’s vitally important to keep the tooth moist until you can bring it to us in the office. One of the best ways to keep the tooth moist is to store it in a glass of milk.
Get to our office within 30 minutes of this type of injury, if at all possible.
Consistent Bleeding in the Mouth
The mouth is one of the fastest healing parts of the body. So it can be very concerning if your mouth is or has been consistently bleeding for days at a time.
Most bleeding occurs from the gums around your teeth. But your lips, tongue, or insides of your cheeks can also be a source of serious bleeding. If you’ve been dealing with this type of bleeding that doesn’t stop and has been going on for days, it could mean there is more going on that needs to be addressed by an emergency dentist.
Other serious concerns that include consistent bleeding as an indicator include some forms of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Don’t wait if you have a concern—come in and see us as quickly as you can!
Pericoronitis is the term given to the swelling of the tissues and gums around the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are extra teeth that most patients often don’t need or even have room for in their mouths. When these teeth are erupting through the gums, they can often cause a great deal of pain to the surrounding teeth and tissues based on the pressure they apply.
If the tissues around your wisdom teeth are inflamed, it’s possible that you’re dealing with pericoronitis. That kind of pain and swelling should be dealt with as quickly as possible to prevent further damage or pain. Call our office to schedule a consultation as soon as you can!
A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that’s caused by a bacterial infection. These often form in your gums or around your tooth roots when teeth aren’t cleaned as thoroughly as they should be, leaving plaque and bacteria to build up in hard to reach areas of the mouth.
If you’re dealing with constant pain, bad breath, or even a fever, you might have a tooth abscess formed somewhere in your mouth. Treatment involves draining the abscess. In some instances a root canal might be necessary. If the abscess is too far gone, the tooth could need to be completely removed.
When you come see us for your dental emergency, we’ll do our best to save your tooth, or we’ll help replace it with a sturdy long-lasting option!
Don’t Wait—Come See Us for Emergency Dental Treatment at Mountain Springs Dental
Our skilled team is equipped to help heal your mouth and correct your smile in the event of a dental emergency. Contact us today with further questions or to find out our hours of operation for dental emergencies.