Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

What Is a Dental Emergency?

April 29, 2020
Posted By: Northwest Arkansas Family Dental

If you have a toothache or other oral health condition that causes you pain or threatens your well-being, your dentist in Fayetteville, AR considers these issues dental emergencies.

At Northwest Arkansas Family Dental, we want you to enjoy a comfortable and healthy smile all the time, but we also understand that things happen. When things happen with your smile, we are here for you. We are here to restore your wellness and your well-being!

Dental Emergencies in Fayetteville

There are more types of dental emergencies than most of us think, but the most common tend to be toothaches followed by:

  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • Broken tooth or tooth knocked loose
  • Broken restoration or restoration knocked loose
  • Soft tissue trauma

Often, if you have a toothache and jaw swelling, your dentist diagnoses you with a root infection. A root infection can occur when bacteria penetrate the tooth enamel and make its way to the root and pulp. In some cases, this is due to trauma—past or present.

A root infection requires immediate treatment through root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy finds your emergency dentist in Fayetteville gently removing the infected root and surrounding pulp from your tooth—making sure the area is numb before starting treatment. Your dentist then closes with a temporary filling.

Most patients report immediate relief. However, you may experience mild discomfort—treatable with over-the-counter pain relievers—for a day or two.

After healing, you return to our dental office for a tooth-colored filling or a dental crown. A dental crown is a tooth cover, which is colored and shaped to match your teeth. It goes over your treated tooth to help prevent breakage.

Contact Our Dental Office If You Have a Dental Emergency

In some cases, it is hard to tell whether a situation is an emergency or whether it can wait a few days. We encourage you to contact us. We will help you make the best decision for your oral care.

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