For some reason, many people treat dental pain or damage “no big thing.” When something is wrong in your mouth, time can equal teeth lost. That’s not an exaggeration – the sooner you get professional care from Dr. Mark Kollar at Five Star Dental FC in Fort Collins, CO, the more likely you are to avoid a great deal of pain, infection, and the need to replace a tooth that couldn’t be saved. And let’s face it, replacing a missing tooth is expensive.
When Bad Things Happen To Good Teeth
Dental problems are not a reflection on how you care for your teeth. Restorations such as fillings and crowns can crack. Accidents can damage teeth or even knock them out of their sockets. Gum disease can be sneaky, taking hold before you ever notice the first signs. Dental enamel can thin before it’s noticed, leading to a cracked or broken tooth.
Bad things happen to good teeth, and when bad things happen to your teeth, the first thing you should do is to call our Fort Collins, CO dental practice at 970-689-3282 for an emergency appointment. We’re often able to see emergencies on the same day. If not, Dr. Kollar can advise you on how to deal with the problem until you can be seen.
What’s A Dental Emergency?
The short answer is that a dental emergency is what you think it is. It’s hard to closely examine the inside of your own mouth. It’s even harder to determine how significant the problem might be, or become.
Just as a rough guide, here are some types of problems that need emergency care.
Teeth and gums aren’t supposed to hurt. Pain in the mouth is always a sign that something’s wrong. Dental pain is usually caused by one of two things: the nerve inside the tooth is now exposed to air, or there’s an underlying infection.
The worst thing you can do is to try to “tough out” the pain. The longer a problem goes on, the worse it can become.
Swelling In The Mouth
Just as teeth aren’t supposed to hurt, the tissues inside your mouth aren’t supposed to swell. If you have any trouble breathing, go to your closest emergency room! But if your gums are swollen, even in one place, it may be due to infection. That’s particularly true if you have pain along with the swelling. Call our Fort Collins, CO dental office at 970-689-3282 immediately. Infections can cause teeth to fall out and may even spread further into the body.
Teeth can be damaged or broken for any number of reasons, but accidents are probably the main reason. Your tooth enamel protects your teeth against infection, and the enamel is cracked or missing, it’s only a matter of time until problems develop.
In Any Dental Emergency, Call Us At Once
Again, a dental emergency is what you think it is. Sometimes, it can be an emergency even if you don’t think it is. If you have pain, swelling, or tooth damage; or if a tooth has been knocked out of its socket, call Five Star Dental FC in Fort Collins, CO at once at 970-689-3282. We’ll see you as soon as possible, get you out of pain promptly, and resolve the problem so you can get on with enjoying your life.