Emergency Dentistry

Emergencies can, and do, happen at any time. Being prepared and discussing emergency situations with your dentist is the best way to save valuable time and stress in the unfortunate situation of a dental emergency. Knowing what to do can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth. Always have your dentist’s number readily available in the case of an emergency.

You should always contact your dentist right away in an emergency situation. If you lose a permanent tooth, try to keep it moist while you get to the dentist. You can try placing it back in the socket if that is not painful, or between your cheek and gums. If that is not possible, placing it in milk can help improve the chances of saving the tooth.

If you crack a tooth or bite your tongue or lip, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. For toothaches or objects stuck in your mouth, gently use floss to clean the area and remove any debris. Do not put aspirin on your teeth or gums and never use a sharp object on your teeth.

Wearing a mouthguard during physical activity will help protect your teeth. And avoid chewing foods like ice, popcorn kernels, or hard candy to reduce the chances of cracking a tooth. Also, refrain from cutting or tearing objects with your teeth.

If you have a dental emergency such as toothache, broken tooth, swelling or tooth pain, please contact us immediately.

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Diagnosing emergency problems quickly and correctly is essential to providing treatment. Often times a diagnosis can be made and appropriate treatment provided in just a few minutes, providing the patient with immediate relief.

Patients who are experiencing sudden and severe pain due to damaged and diseased teeth are often referred to an endodontist for treatment. Cracked teeth, bad infections and inflamed or infected bones below the gums are some of the most common emergencies within the endodontic office.

Most endodontists will administer anesthetics or sedation to help you relax during treatment. The majority of patients experience no pain.

If you are experiencing sudden or unrelenting tooth pain that seems to be worsening and not going away, you should probably see an endodontist right away. Getting immediate treatment could save your tooth!

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Trauma to teeth, gum and/or lips

Having poor dental health can negatively affect your entire body. Risks such as heart disease and diabetes are linked to poor oral hygiene. If you suspect you have gum disease, you should call the professionals at Great Smiles Buford Center immediately.

Gum disease is very common. In fact, forty-seven percent of American adults have some form of periodontitis. In adults over sixty-five, the prevalence rate is over seventy percent. In the early stages, the treatment involves non-surgical procedures, however if you have more advanced stages, surgery may be required.

The first step in getting rid of gum disease is a regular dental cleaning. After that, we will perform scaling and root planing. This is a special cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from under the gumline and smoothes the root surfaces to promote healing. In most cases, if you receive scaling and root planing and resume regular oral care, your gum disease will resolve.

Some of the most common signs of gum disease are bleeding when eating, brushing, and flossing because your gums are swollen and tender. You also may notice that your gums are starting to recede. If you notice you have sores in between your gum and teeth, you may also have gum disease.

Our practice is located in INSERT LOCATION, and our friendly and educated staff understand how important having a healthy mouth is. We will take the time to go over each prevention method in depth, and work hard during the treatment so that you do not experience gum disease again.

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Cracked tooth

Here at Great Smiles Buford Center, we are dedicated to assisting our patients with the care and diagnosis of cracked and damaged teeth.

Cracked teeth can cause a variety of symptoms including pain while chewing, temperature sensitivities, and the release of biting pressure. It’s common for pain to come and go, which can make diagnosing the cause difficult.

While you chew, cracked pieces of your tooth move, causing the pulp within the tooth may become irritated. When biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly resulting in sharp pain. If left untreated, the pulp will eventually become damaged and the tooth will constantly hurt, even when you are not chewing.

It is possible that cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue and can spread to the bone and gums surrounding the problem tooth.

There are different types of cracks, and each should be evaluated to prevent tooth loss and infection.

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Dental abscess

A root canal is a procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Although normal tooth decay can become increasingly worse and eventually lead to a root canal, often times blunt trauma can cause the tooth to die as well.

Your dentist will remove the dead nerve from the tooth and then seal it off to prevent another infection or abscess from forming around the tooth. If the nerve is not removed the infection will continue to climb deeper into your gums, often causing swelling, pain, and discomfort.

Do not wait to see your Buford emergency dentist if you are experiencing any kind of discomfort. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

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