Some dental discomforts seem to disappear, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone. In general, when dental problems show up, they get worse with time, not better, especially if you don’t adjust or improve your habits. Regular dental appointments help prevent basic problems from getting really serious, but sometimes, even regular patients need emergency care. Whether it’s trauma or something deeper, the team at Smile Designers can help. In our last blog, we discussed signs that you’re headed for a dental emergency. Read on to learn more signs that it’s time to contact our family dentistry in Longmont.
More Signs You’re About to Have a Dental Emergency
Your tooth is killing you.
We’re starting here because it’s the most obvious and common sign that has people running to the dentist. However, there are many different types of tooth pain. You may experience a dull ache that makes you want to avoid ice water. You may experience a skull-splitting pain that makes it impossible to eat. Either way, the best method for determining whether or not you’ve got an emergency on your hands is monitoring what the pain does. If it increases suddenly, chances are good you have an abscess, crack, or cavity that needs immediate attention. The minute pain goes beyond sensitivity, something is up!
Your jaw is swollen.
We get swelling around our jaws for many reasons, including swollen lymph nodes, infected acne, and infections of the gums and teeth. If you have a swollen jaw and you’re experiencing some tenderness you can’t explain, give it a week or two to see if it will go away. If it doesn’t, and/or the pain gets worse, it’s time to see a professional.
You constantly feel tired and under-the-weather.
We can feel worn down for many reasons, but one of the reasons people don’t seem to expect is a low-level oral infection. It is possible to have oral infections that fly just under the radar while weighing on your immune system and keeping you from being your normal self. This is where regular dental appointments can be great because we can identify whatever is going on and reveal that the weariness you feel isn’t normal.
You have a headache that just won’t go away.
When you have a headache, there are a bunch of possible reasons why, including what seems like no reason at all. However, if you’ve got any sort of toothache as well, the two might be connected. All of the nerves in your head, including the nerves in your teeth, go into your brain. You may be unconsciously clenching your teeth at night or there might be an infection setting in. Whatever the issue may be, visit us so we can figure out how to bring you relief.
Your mouth won’t heal up.
We’ve all burned the roofs of our mouths, eaten something scratchy enough to cause discomfort, bitten our tongues, or dealt with cold sores that have us biting the same spot on our lips again and again. While these oral injuries can be very painful, they aren’t necessarily emergencies and should heal up in a week or two. Because your mouth is full of nasty bacteria, it is designed to heal very quickly. If the injury persists for more than two weeks and/or gets infected, something is wrong. Make an appointment with us in Longmont, and we can figure out if something more is going on.
Contact Smile Designers in Longmont
Our dental office team is here to make sure you have the best dental quality of life. Whether you have an emergency or it’s time for a regular appointment, contact us for an appointment today!