Whether a raging toothache keeps you up at night or your child suddenly falls and cracks their tooth, dental emergencies are often inconvenient and stressful. When one occurs, it’s vital that you call your dentist as soon as you can. But what happens once you arrive at the office? While every case differs, knowing how your dentist may handle the problem can alleviate some of your worries. Here are five of the most common dental emergency treatments that dentists use.
1. Direct Bonding
If your tooth only has a minor chip or crack, then direct bonding may be all that is needed to fix it. The dentist will use a custom-shaded composite resin material to repair the damage and restore your tooth’s original shape. Once the material is hardened and polished, your results should look completely natural.
2. Tooth-Colored Fillings
Toothaches and extreme sensitivity are often the result of a cavity. Tooth-colored fillings utilize the same versatile, personalized composite resin as direct bonding to replace decayed enamel and strengthen the tooth.
3. Dental Crown
A tooth with severe decay or damage can often be saved by a dental crown. This restorative “cap” is designed to snugly fit over the tooth and resemble its size, shape, and color. Once placed, a crown holds the tooth together, improves its function and appearance, and shields it from further damage.
4. Root Canal Therapy
In some cases, an awful toothache is caused by a cavity or infection that has spread to the nerves in the tooth’s center (called the pulp). Despite its intimidating reputation, root canal therapy is designed to relieve your pain. Your mouth is numbed, the infected pulp is removed and replaced with a synthetic material, and a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it. Root canal therapy is the best way to remove the damage while preserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.
5. Tooth Extraction & Replacement
If there are no options left for salvaging a seriously damaged tooth, the dentist’s only choice may be to extract it. Once the troublesome tooth is removed and you have recovered, your dentist can talk to you about replacing it with a dental implant or bridge to prevent the oral health consequences of missing teeth.
Knowing how your dentist might handle your dental emergency can make the situation a little less stressful. Remember, if you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call your dentists’ office right away!
About the Practice
At Premier Care Dental, we are here to provide emergency dental care right when you need it, often on the same day you call. Our dentists offer a variety of treatments, including the ones described in this post. If you’re going through a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us today via our website or at (541) 200-6747.