Dental Emergencies

Women with painful dental emergency.

Blog Highlights

  • Tooth pain can be caused by a number of things
  • If an injured area becomes infected and is left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the head
  • If you're in pain, it's an emergency

Tooth pain can be caused by a number of things such as hot or cold foods, teeth grinding, or loss of a filling. This pain often indicates that there is an underlying issue and you should visit your dentist. In other cases, trauma or injury can cause pain. If you experience any injury or pain to the teeth or gums, you should seek dental care immediately. Emergency Dentistry in Orem is at your service regarding all dental injuries.

Not only is injury to your teeth and gums painful, it can cause further damage to the nerves and blood vessels around your teeth. Furthermore, if an injured area becomes infected and is left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the head, occasionally leading to life threatening situations.

If the damage or injury is obvious, for example, you have chipped your tooth, a tooth is fractured, or you've lost a filling or crown, it is important to visit your dentist immediately. These types of injuries leave the living tissue inside the tooth exposed and, if left untreated, can lead to more serious issues. Timely care and treatment can save you from a lot of pain and more extensive work in the future.

Dentists are well-equipped for dealing with dental emergencies and it is imperative that you get treatment for injured teeth as soon as possible. Dentists can often reduce pain within minutes of evaluating your injury. Once they identify the issue, there are many options when it comes to treating and repairing damaged teeth. Synthetic materials can be used to restore teeth or replace teeth in most cases.

Some patients worry that their pain is not a dental emergency and put off calling their dentist. A good rule of thumb: if you're in pain, it's an emergency. Don't hesitate to contact your dentist. Even something that seems small can lead to further damage if not treated in a timely manner.