Your tooth has been hurting for a few days, and one day the pain gets much worse. You’re not sure what to do and you’re wondering if you need an emergency tooth extraction. If you think you need the tooth pulled right away, it’s best not to wait. In this blog post, we’ll explore a few cases where you might need an emergency tooth extraction.
Keep in mind that, in many cases, the tooth can be restored or replaced with dental implants, but this will require additional care. Emergency tooth extraction is an inexpensive method that can prevent further damage. Often, if a tooth is not extracted, it can cause problems for other teeth or other parts of your mouth.
Do I Need an Emergency Tooth Extraction? 4 Cases
1. Cracked Teeth
Many incidents can cause teeth to crack. This often occurs during contact sports, like football or boxing, when players don’t use a mouthguard. This might also occur during an accident, such as a car accident or another impact. A tooth can even crack if you bite down on something hard, such as an unexpected nut or pit.
If you think that one or more of your teeth have cracked, it’s best to see a dentist right away. A cracked tooth can be repaired or, if the damage is severe, it may require an emergency tooth extraction. Don’t let the tooth remain in its damaged state. Not only is this painful, as it can expose the sensitive tissues underneath the tooth, but it’s also a direct route for bacteria to invade.
If your tooth was knocked out from a heavy impact or accident, it has already been “extracted,” but it can actually be replaced. If you can find it, rinse the lost tooth and keep it clean. Schedule emergency dental care and your dentist can replace the lost tooth.
2. Tooth Infection
If you have a lot of pain around a tooth and you notice the tooth or gums are discolored, you might have a tooth infection. In this case, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth or face if it’s not treated. If it spreads to the brain, it can cause hospitalization, even death. You may notice pain in your ear or nose as the infection gets worse, which indicates the infection is spreading. You may also have an abscess, a pocket of pus that builds up either around or underneath the infected tooth. This will cause a persistent bad taste in your mouth and make it difficult to keep your breath fresh.
A tooth infection is a good reason to have emergency tooth extraction. A root canal may also be able to repair the tooth and stop the infection, but extraction is a fast and relatively inexpensive solution.
3. Severe Cavity
Cavities, also called dental caries, occur when bacteria create tiny holes in teeth and start to create a hollow areas. This then creates a space for more bacteria to multiply, worsening the problem. This not only allows the cavity to get worse, but also invites infection, which is a much more painful and potentially harmful condition.
A cavity can easily be filled at the dentist, and even a very damaged tooth can be repaired. However, if you can’t get the tooth repaired, emergency tooth extraction is better than ignoring the problem. If the cavity isn’t dealt with, it increases the chance of infection and cracks to the tooth.
4. Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are teeth in the back of the mouth that usually do not have enough space to emerge properly. Many people get their wisdom teeth removed in early adulthood. Those who do not may have complications later in life, such as periodontal disease, pain or inflammation. If you have pain in the back of your mouth, impacted wisdom teeth may be to blame, and it may be time for an emergency tooth extraction.
If pain in your mouth has become distracting, you notice bad breath or a bad taste you can’t get rid of, or your teeth or gums look discolored, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Infections and other dental problems will get worse if they are not addressed, but a dentist can quickly stop the problem with an emergency tooth extraction. If a tooth is causing you pain, contact Boston Dental Group or request a consultation of your closest Las Vegas dental office.