Posts for: March, 2011
Experiencing a severe, unrelenting toothache? You may be suffering from an abscessed tooth- an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. A tooth abscess begins when bacteria invade and infect a tooth. As a result, a pocket of pus is formed which causes painful pressure. Tooth decay is the leading cause of an abscessed tooth, but gum disease and dental trauma can also lead to an infection.
Persistent toothaches that result in throbbing or sharp pain are common symptoms of a tooth abscess. Other symptoms include:
- Pain when chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Feeling of overall uneasiness or illness
- Redness and inflammation of the gums
- Bad taste in mouth or foul smelling breath
If you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you'll want to visit Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA as soon as possible, as an abscess won't go away on its own. Delaying treatment can lead to serious health complications, including tooth loss and the spread of infection to your soft tissues or the jaw bone. An abscess that ruptures or a tooth root that dies as a result of the infection may reduce the pain significantly, but dental treatment will still be necessary as the infection remains active and can continue to spread to surrounding tissues.
Treatment for a tooth abscess may vary depending on the severity of the infection. At Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA our treatment plan focuses on eliminating the infection, preserving the tooth, and preventing further dental complications.
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is the best way to prevent dental problems that may lead to an abscessed tooth, including daily brushing, flossing and a healthy diet. Additionally, regular visits to our Owings Mills office for cleanings and check ups are also critical for detecting dental problems early.
A toothache. A knocked out or broken tooth. A lost crown or filling. You can't always stop dental injuries from occurring, but you can help ease the pain and prevent additional dental damage until you can get to a dentist. At Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA, we realize accidents can happen, and when patients are prepared to handle dental emergencies, it can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Easy Ways to Avoid Dental Injuries
- Avoid chewing ice or hard candy which can crack teeth
- Avoid ripping objects with teeth, such as sealed packages and tape
- Avoid the risk of injury to teeth, gums, lips and tongue by wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports and high-impact activities
- Visit Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA for regular check ups and cleanings
Whether you're at home, in the car or at work, when a dental emergency strikes, you'll want to be prepared. Until you can get into our Owings Mills dental office, following these basic steps can help relieve the pain, save your tooth and prevent additional damage. Before acting on any dental emergency, you should always contact Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA first to ensure safe and appropriate care.
Temporary Treatment for Common Dental Emergencies
- Toothache: Rinse mouth with warm water to clean the affected tooth, and gently floss to remove food or debris that may be trapped between the teeth. If pain persists, visit a dentist for a thorough evaluation as it may indicate a cavity or infection.
- Broken tooth: Rinse mouth with warm water; locate the lost filling or tooth pieces; and control swelling or bleeding with an ice pack and gauze. See your dentist as soon as possible.
- Knocked out tooth: Gently place the tooth back into the socket if possible. If not, tuck it between your cheek and gum or place it in a small container of milk. Getting to your dentist within one hour of the accident with the tooth is your best bet for successfully reattaching the tooth to the supporting tissues.
- Objects caught between teeth: Rinse your mouth with warm water. If that doesn't work, gently try to remove the object with floss. Avoid using sharp instruments that could injure or cut the gums. If the object can't be dislodged, visit Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA for professional assistance.
Temporary dental care is just that- temporary. It's important to seek professional dental assistance as soon as possible following an injury to your teeth or gums.
Fortunately, an unforeseen dental emergency can usually be prevented with early detection and preventative care. Practice good oral hygiene-brushing and flossing daily-and visit our Owings Mills office for regular check ups and cleanings. As a general rule, if your teeth or mouth hurt, visit Mendelson Family Dentistry, PA for a careful evaluation and proper treatment.