Dental emergencies aren’t the same for everyone, which can sometimes make addressing one seem complicated. If you aren’t exactly sure of the nature and extent of your dental emergency, then the symptoms of it can seem even more worrisome, and you may not know exactly how to address them. Therefore, one of the most important steps in dealing with an emergency dental concern is to speak with your dentist as soon as possible. Today, we examine a few of the common treatments that may help you successfully overcome your dental emergency and save your smile.
A custom dental crown
Some of the more common types of dental emergencies involve significant damage to your healthy, natural tooth structure. This may be a large fracture in your tooth’s crown, or a significant piece of it being broken off due to accidental trauma. Restoring the tooth as soon as possible is the best way to prevent the tooth from being damaged even further, and for severe tooth damage, the most effective solution may be a custom dental crown. Designed to mimic the size, shape, and appearance of your healthy, natural tooth structure, the dental crown can be bonded over it to stop the damage from growing worse. This also restores the balance in that area of your bite so that it can function properly again, saving your tooth, oral health, and bite function long-term.
Root canal treatment
Dental crowns are designed to repair and preserve the visible portion of your tooth, which is also called its crown, whenever it’s been severely compromised. However, not all emergency dental concerns involve only the visible part of your tooth. For example, if you experience tooth decay that has become severe and affected the internal tissues of your tooth, then your emergency treatment may involve root canal treatment to remove the infection. This may also be necessary before placing a dental crown over a severely fractured tooth, in which the tooth’s pulp and inner root canal are exposed to harmful oral bacteria and infection.
Tooth extraction and replacement
The most important reason to seek treatment for a dental emergency is to prevent any further complications with your tooth structure and oral health. With one or more custom-designed restorative treatments, we can often help you save a severely compromised tooth. However, some emergency situations may be significant enough to require extracting the tooth, if it hasn’t been lost or knocked-out already. Restoring your smile and oral health may require extracting and/or replacing the tooth as soon as possible with a highly lifelike restoration.
Learn how we can treat your dental emergency
When a dental emergency occurs, seeking the right treatment for it as soon as possible is important to saving and preserving your healthy smile. To learn more, or to schedule your appointment, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, today at 219-938-2637.