At Richard AhYou DMD, PC we understand that emergencies can happen at any time and any place. Dr. AhYou is available for emergency dental care in Oregon City after hours and on weekends as needed. We provide services for all types of Dental Emergencies. If you are having a dental emergency remember to stay calm. Please call Richard AhYou, DMD, PC at 503-650-0614 or call 911. If it is after business hours, a phone number for emergencies is provided on the voicemail.
Types of Dental Emergencies
An active dental abscess can be very painful and may even become life-threatening! It is important to take infections and swelling very seriously. As new evidence emerges we are learning more about how closely related oral health is to the health of the entire body. A growing body of research is demonstrating the connection between good oral health and cardiovascular health, pregnancy, and joint replacement success, just to name a few.
Cavities often don’t hurt until they are large, deep, and/or close to the nerve. At this time the tooth may require more extensive treatment. If diagnosed and treated early, what started as a small cavity, fixable with a simple filling can lead to a root canal (link) and a crown (link).
What Causes a Toothache?
Tooth decay often is cited as the primary cause of a toothache, it’s important for you to have a complete oral examination to determine the precise cause because you may have a dental cavity or advanced gum disease. The first sign of decay may be the pain you feel when you eat something sweet, very cold or very hot. When the tooth pulp becomes irritated, this will cause a toothache. The pulp is the part in the center of a tooth made up of living connective tissue, nerves, and cells called odontoblasts. Read more about the causes of toothaches.
Tooth Trauma or Breakage
Tooth trauma can happen while eating something hard or sticky, like candy or popcorn. It can also happen while eating something as soft as mashed potatoes if the tooth’s strength was previously compromised.
Injuries such as a sports collision, fall, or other tooth trauma can lead to tooth movement, fracture, or complete tooth displacement (tooth avulsion).
Tooth trauma can lead to tooth necrosis, tooth discoloration, and dental abscess. It is important to contact Dr. Richard AhYou immediately if tooth trauma occurs. When tooth displacement occurs, acting quickly can make the difference between saving and losing your tooth. If its a permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If the tooth is a baby tooth, the best thing to do is find the tooth, keep it moist and contact Dr. Ahyou. More on what to do if I have a tooth knocked out?
Don’t wait until it hurts!
Sometimes people don’t see a dentist on a regular basis and only go to a dentist if a tooth hurts or they experience swelling. This can lead to “emergency dental care” vs “preventive dental care” and often leads to more expensive dental treatment and potentially the loss of a tooth. What could have been a quick and easy fix, can turn into a lengthy and more extensive procedure. Your oral care is important for your overall well being!
If you are having a dental emergency remember to stay calm. Please call Richard AhYou, DMD, PC at 503-650-0614 or call 911. If it is after business hours, a phone number for emergencies is provided on the voicemail.
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