Emergency Dental Care in Banning and San Bernardino
Accidental trauma and decay can happen at any time to any patient, compromising an individual’s oral health and function. At Amy Berhanu-Demissie, our team
offers comprehensive emergency dentistry and restorative treatments
to help patients regain health, aesthetics, and dental function following an oral accident.
What is considered a Dental Emergency?
Many patients often consider dental emergencies to be exclusive to tooth avulsion or fracture. However, dental emergencies can occur a number of ways and take a number of forms. In particular, minor conditions such as toothaches, temperature sensitivity, or bleeding gums are often neglected, with many patient believing that these issues will resolve themselves. What many fail to recognize is that many of these issues are often symptoms of more serious oral conditions which, if left untreated, can cause significant damage to a patient’s immediate and long-term oral health. Some of these conditions include:
Bleeding Gums: Combined with gum discoloration, bleeding gums are often a symptom of gingivitis, the first phase of gum disease. While easily treated during this initial phase with an aggressive cleaning, gingivitis can quickly progress into more serious stages of gum disease. Consequences of untreated gum disease include gum recession, jaw bone deterioration, and eventual tooth loss. Additionally, periodontal disease can have health complications for a patient’s overall health, increasing the risk of stroke, heart disease, and other health issues.
Toothaches: While relatively minor, this condition can be an indicator of several different, more serious dental issues including a cracked tooth, inner tooth infection, or a tooth abscess. Additionally, toothaches occurring in the teeth towards the back of the mouth may be indicative of incoming wisdom teeth, third molars which require immediate removal in order to protect the alignment and health of the dentition.
Fractured Teeth: Depending on the depth and position of the fracture, this dental issue can open the door to tooth infection. As a result, seeking immediate dental attention and restoration may be the most effective method of protecting the health and function of the tooth.
Partial Avulsion: Occurring when a tooth is partially knocked out, partial avulsion can be the result of trauma, a complete fracture, or indicative of an inner-tooth issue such as an infection or abscess. Immediate treatment is required in order to prevent the condition from worsening. If you have experienced partial avulsion, collect the pieces and bring them to our dental practice.
Complete Avulsion: Also known as a knocked out tooth, avulsion can be caused by a number of conditions, ranging from accidental oral trauma to an underlying dental condition such as periodontal disease. Regardless of the cause, seeking immediate attention is important in order to save the tooth. If you have experienced an avulsed tooth, gently rinse and store the tooth in a small container of saliva or milk and bring the tooth with you to your appointment.
Schedule Your Emergency Dental Appointment Today
At Amy Berhanu-Demissie, DDS, our mission is to provide patients with the care they need, when they need it. Emergency dental care and restorative dental treatments are available at our dental practices in Banning and San Bernardino. For more information about protecting your smile after a dental emergency, contact your nearest practice today.