Why Tooth Pain Is a Dental Emergency

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You may think that tooth pain will subside on its own over time. However, that pain you’re experiencing indicates an underlying problem. And if you don’t address the pain initially, the issue may continue to worsen and lead to a serious problem that’s much more expensive, and possibly more invasive, to correct. At North Richland Hills Dentistry, serving North Richland Hills, TX and the surrounding area, we want to take a moment to educate you about the severity of tooth pain.

Pain From an Abscess

An abscess refers to an infection in your tooth. This infection stems from bacteria that reach the pulp of your tooth. The bacteria enters through a crack or chip in your tooth and works its way down to the portion of your tooth with nerve endings, hence the pain. If you don’t treat an abscess, the infection from it has the potential to spread throughout your body.

Pain From Tooth Decay

That pain you’re experiencing could mean you have tooth decay. While tooth decay is always treatable, it is much easier to stop in its early stages. If you don’t receive treatment early, the decay will spread and eventually can result in infection and an abscess. Untreated decay can also enter the tooth pulp and require root canal therapy to save the tooth.

Pain From a Damaged or Missing Filling

Fillings are used to prevent tooth decay from spreading but they don’t last forever. If you have a damaged or missing filling, exposed nerves can be very sensitive. Fillings should be replaced as soon as possible to protect the tooth from further decay.

Pain From a Damaged Tooth

If you have a damaged tooth, bacteria could invade through the crack or chip. Once this decay starts, it could lead to an abscess or your tooth’s pulp dying completely. We will want to get your tooth restored with a filling or crown to prevent loss of the tooth.

Pain From a Gum Infection

Tooth pain isn’t always a sign of a problem with your teeth. The problem can stem from an infection in your gums.
When you don’t receive prompt care for this gum infection, your teeth and gums are both susceptible to problems. Unchecked gum disease can eventually result in lost teeth.

Tooth Pain Treatment at North Richland Hills Dentistry

Tooth pain may seem like a minor inconvenience, but it’s often a tell-tale sign of a more serious problem lurking in your mouth. Schedule an appointment with North Richland Hills Dentistry before your tooth pain turns into a dental emergency! And if you are past that point and are in need of urgent relief from tooth pain then call us at 817-656-2945 for emergency care!

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Emergency Dental Services Offered By Our Dentist in North Richland Hills, TX

young woman holding her jaw in pain with a dental emergency

At North Richland Hills Dentistry, we offer emergency dental services that can treat a wide variety of dental issues and complications. Before you call our office, we recommend looking over the following questions and checking out our emergency page to get a better sense of what constitutes a dental emergency. If any of the following situations match what you are experiencing, please get in touch with our office right away!

Are You in a Great Amount of Pain?

If you are experiencing a mild or moderate amount of tooth or mouth pain that can be controlled by home remedies, we recommend making an appointment with our team for a convenient time at a later date so we can diagnose and treat the problem. In the meantime, you can try holding a cold compress to your cheek, taking pain medication, or chewing on a clove of garlic to help reduce your toothache. However, if the pain ever becomes unbearable, you should call our office to make an appointment with our team right away.

Are You Experiencing Uncontrollable Bleeding?

If you have suffered an injury that has caused your gums or the inside of your mouth to begin bleeding, we recommend mixing half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm (not hot) water and using it to rinse out your mouth. Then, if you can locate the source of the bleeding, hold a piece of gauze or clean cloth over the injury gently for 10 to 15 minutes. Resist the urge to check if the bleeding has stopped before the time is up, and if the bleeding persists, please call our office right away.

Has a Tooth or Dental Restoration Come Loose?

Any time an adult tooth is knocked out, it is considered a dental emergency that requires immediate attention. The faster you can put the tooth in a cup of milk and head to our office, the higher the chances that we will be able to reattach the tooth. If a crown or other dental restoration comes off, it’s not as urgent, but it is considered a dental emergency because if the exposed tooth is left unprotected for too long, it could lead to tooth decay or a serious infection.

Does Something Just Not Feel Right?

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you are on the fence about whether you need to make an emergency dental appointment or not, feel free to call our office for advice. Our team can help you decide what to do next, whether you can treat your symptoms at home or whether we think you should come in right away. Call our office at 817-656-2945, and someone in our front office will be in touch with you shortly!

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Emergency Dentist During COVID-19

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, our North Richland Hills Dentistry, North Richland Hills, Texas, dental office is operating under limited hours for emergencies only. The safety and health of our patients, our employees, and our community are our top priorities. We will let you know when we are once again able to provide our patients with the quality care and the safe environment that is a hallmark of our practice.

North Richland Hills Dentistry adheres to the strict safety standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We have always been extremely mindful of our patients’ health and safety and will be even more vigilant in the future. Rest assured when we do welcome you back that our office and equipment will be thoroughly disinfected.

Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones

We encourage all of our patients to protect themselves and their families by following the recommendations from the CDC. For example:

  • Practice social distancing. Stay home as much as possible.
  • When it is necessary to go out, keep at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then dispose of it.
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Do not share dishes or utensils.
  • Get adequate rest and eat a healthy diet.
  • Take extra precautions if you are sick to reduce the spread of the disease.
  • Even if you feel healthy, be mindful of the health of others. Some people are asymptomatic when they have the disease and can unknowingly spread it to others.

Keep Brushing & Flossing!

We recognize that many of you are experiencing unprecedented upheavals and challenges in your daily lives and routines. Please take good care of your mental health as well as your physical health and your oral health. We encourage everyone to take some time for positive, uplifting activities to help relieve stress.

North Richland Hills Dentistry thanks you for your loyal patronage and regrets the inconvenience our temporary closure will cause to those with scheduled appointments and plans for smile improvements. Our team looks forward to welcoming you again to our office as soon as this crisis has passed.

Emergency Dentist in North Richland Hills, Texas

If you experience a dental emergency, call us at 817-656-2945 for a same-day appointment!

Contact us for all of your oral health needs!

How to Prepare for a Dental Emergency

Emergencies happen when you least expect them—that’s why they’re emergencies! It’s important, however, to be mindful that bad things do happen. We know how we can ready ourselves when bad weather, a sudden disaster, or a medical emergency strike, but would you know what to do if you found yourself having a dental emergency? Here’s how you can prepare for one.

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Recognizing a Dental Emergency

A dental emergency isn’t always obvious. While chipping or knocking out a tooth would definitely constitute a dental emergency, you can also consider excessive bleeding, swelling, or pain as a dental emergency, whether it occurs in relation to a recent dental procedure or not. When in doubt, consider it an emergency!

Preparing for a Dental Emergency

One thing that you should absolutely have on hand before you find yourself in an emergency is to have your dentist’s contact information handy, and to be sure that your dentist can accommodate emergency visits (or can recommend someone who does ahead of time).

In the event of a knocked out tooth, try to put the tooth in a glass of milk before you head over to your dentist. If they can see you within the hour, they may be able to reattach it!

If you are having excessive pain and swelling, grab some ice and place it on your cheeks in ten-minute increments. This will help numb the area and even reduce puffiness.

How to Prevent a Dental Emergency

It’s not always easy to prevent a dental emergency, but there are a few ways that you can avoid having one in the future. First, always practice good oral hygiene habits and brush and floss your teeth twice a day. This will greatly reduce your chances of developing painful tooth decay, which can cause bleeding and swelling. Moreover, having a clean bill of oral health means you probably won’t require any dental procedures in the future, so you won’t have the chance of developing any potential complications like excessive swelling from them. if you play contact sports, it’s important that you always wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from being chipped or knocked out.

At North Richland Hills Dentistry, we offer convenient scheduling and see emergencies promptly. Contact us at 817-656-2945 if you experience a dental emergency or contact us below to schedule your next treatment at our practice!
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