Sometimes things happen that affect our mouth and teeth. If a tooth is broken, chipped, becomes loose, or is knocked out, you don’t want to wait for an appointment to get it fixed. That is what an emergency dentist Pittsburgh Pennsylvania service is for. In addition to the many emergency services we offer, we are listing a few others too.
Types of Emergency Dental Care Services We Provide:
A tooth extraction might be called for if your teeth are not fitting comfortably in your mouth. Other teeth settle into their proper place when extra teeth are removed.
Gum disease is not something you want to put off taking care of. It loosens the teeth by destroying the bone structure, gums, and mouth tissue.
Cracked, Broken or Chipped Tooth
A cracked tooth can happen from something as simple as nail-biting. Broken teeth can occur when eating hard candies. Fillings can be used to fix small cracks if they are caught in time. If not, more serious procedures are needed like tooth extraction, root canal therapy, or a dental crown. Also, for a cracked tooth, it is important to have it fixed so that infection doesn’t set in when bacteria can penetrate the inner tooth chamber.
Grinding teeth can result in fracturing your teeth. Risks for this are greater when you have a large filling or you’ve had a root canal. Fractured teeth below the gum line need to be extracted immediately.
A tooth injury occurs when trauma happens to any tooth or the entire jaw. The injury can cause your tooth to be loosened from its natural position, or even removed completely. Immediately seek the help of an emergency dentist in Pittsburgh if this occurs.
A knocked-out tooth can be re-fixed to its socket if done so within 2 hours of being knocked out. If this happens, rinse the tooth out in salty water to remove any blood or debris. If salty water or saline is not available, use saliva and get to a dentist as soon as possible.
Fills and root canals are unable to remedy situations where tooth decay, caused by dental plaque and build-up, has become too bad in certain situations. The dentist will need to remove the tooth if antibiotics are unable to resolve an infection brought on by tooth decay.
You should arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible after you sense a toothache. It can be a sign of something bigger that needs to be looked at and taken care of.
See your dentist as soon as possible when your toothache is severe. They normally indicate an infection or decay is occurring and neither should be ignored. Until you can get to the dentist, for temporary relief try rinsing your mouth out with either warm or cold water. You can also purchase over-the-counter pain killers until you can see the dentist.
Swollen Jaw Relief
A range of issues, from trauma to infection in the gums or with a tooth, can cause a jaw to swell. If this happens, see your dentist as soon as possible.
If you notice pus on your gum, between the gums and your teeth, it is probably an abscessed tooth. Going untreated can allow the infection to spread to the rest of your body and cause severe damage to the tissue surrounding your teeth. You should see a dentist immediately, but know that your tooth cannot be worked on until the abscess is taken care of with antibiotics.
There are several indicators to tell you if it is time to have a tooth extracted.
· Loose teeth
· Cracked or damaged teeth
· Pain in your mouth, especially when chewing
· Sensitivity to hot or cold
· Swelling in the mouth
· Bleeding gums
Upon arriving at the dentist’s office, we will take an X-ray to confirm whether or not you need an extraction. If so, depending on the situation, we may extract it that day, or we may need to make an appointment for you. The extraction will be for your wisdom teeth or your other teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, which normally surface between your teens and twenties, can become stuck underneath gums, causing oral health problems. This includes misalignment, infection, and decay. We often remove the wisdom teeth to prevent these problems.
Another reason for extracting wisdom teeth is when they become impacted. That is when they start pushing and crowding other teeth. An X-ray will reveal whether or not you have an impacted wisdom tooth or if one is stuck under the gum line.
Not removing an impacted wisdom tooth can result in bacteria getting trapped under the gum and cause an infection. In rare cases, at the site of the impacted teeth, cysts and tumors can develop. Nearby teeth can be affected by crowding, tooth decay, and gum disease.
Multiple Tooth Extraction
There are situations where more than one tooth needs to be extracted. An X-ray will reveal this if it is the case. The reasons for this include dental trauma, severe tooth decay, and genetic factors.
If this is needed, the dentist will talk with you about dental replacement options so that your smile is not impacted and so that the teeth left in your mouth continue to support one another properly.
In many cases and with the exception of extraction for crowding, dental replacements are recommended following extractions. This is so that the remaining teeth do not shift around and so that there is not a loss of bone density.
Options for dental replacements include dental implants, partial dentures, and bridges.
Emergency Dental Implants
Dental implants are stable anchors for crowns and they act as your natural teeth. They can be placed in the upper or lower jawbone. As your jawbone heals, it grows around the implant. After complete healing, a crown is placed on top of the dental implant.
A base with teeth is made to fit your mouth so that sores will not develop. Sometimes they are fixed with a clasp.
A bridge is cemented into your mouth and it cannot be taken out without a dental procedure. First, the dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the extraction gap by cutting them down. Then a bridge will be created from an impression made of your teeth in a lab. The bridge will be made of glass-ceramics, ceramics, or metal.
Root canals do save severely damaged and decayed teeth from extraction, even though they don’t have the best reputation in dental history. With local anesthesia and sedation, you can be assured that the process will be successful in resolving your discomfort.
What is Root Canal Therapy
The physical process of removing the dental pulp (nerves and blood vessels) within a tooth, measuring, cleaning, shaping, and disinfecting the root canal space before placing in a filling is referred to as root canal therapy (endodontics).
Pain can register from none to very severe and swelling on a tooth that requires root canal therapy. Often, the only alternative left is extraction for a tooth when it reaches the point where a root canal is recommended. Root canal therapy is usually performed painlessly and quickly thanks to today’s advancements in dentistry.
Depending on whether or not an infection is present and the complexity of the treatment required, the whole treatment may take 1 to 2 or more dental visits. If there is an infection, antibiotics will be needed. A root canal done without an infection being present is called vital root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy may be necessary for the following reasons:
· An abscessed tooth
· A cavity that has entered the tooth’s nerve space
· Trauma that is causing inflammation and chronic pain
· Dental pulp damaged by a break or a fracture
· A nerve that has been damaged by a deep cavity
· Bone damage due to pulpal death is shown on an X-ray
When the structural integrity of your tooth needs to be restored, a cap or a crown is needed. For example, any time a large part of the tooth is gone, a crown can restore the integrity of the tooth. There are several materials that dental crowns are made of. This includes gold, cast metal, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and composite resin. The different material selected depends on the patient’s needs. The most cosmetic material is the porcelain fused to metal and all-porcelain crowns, but gold is the restorative material for dental crowns and caps today that has the longest lasting ability.
Listed below are some reasons a dental crown may be recommended:
· Root canal therapy has been done on the tooth
· The tooth has a very large fracture
· Fillings that are failing are very large
· An existing crown needs to be replaced
· An imperfect tooth needs to be corrected cosmetically
· To correct alignment and improve the function of a patient’s bite
Lost Filling and Crown Repair
It can be a painful experience to lose a filling or a crown that has been covering a tooth. If this has happened to you, call your dentist and explain the situation so they can get you in on an emergency basis.