Part two of a series on family dentists explores emergency dental procedures.
Emergency Dental Procedures and Your Family Dentist
As your family dentist, we can’t stress this enough. Don’t ignore tooth pain or try to put a ‘band-aid,’ on it. Why? Well, on the more extreme end you can actually die if the tooth pain is severe enough. Pain is inflammation, and as the connection between the nerve ends is shorter in your head, the pain impulses have less distance to cover, so they can be harsher. However, your body can also react to pain. If for example, you have a heart defect, severe pain can cause a heart attack. And why aren’t pain relievers an option.
First off, there is the issue of immunity. As your body gets accustomed to pain medicine of any kind, the pain pills start losing their effectiveness. So a patient has to take more of them in order for them to work. Some medicines, even over the counter ones like ibuprofen can damage your liver. So simply masking your tooth pain is not an option either, which leads us to why you may need emergency dental procedures.
Emergency Dental Procedures: What to Expect
Emergency dental procedures fit into two main categories: repair and removal. Examples of tooth repair include fillings and root canals. Removal is basically either oral surgery, or tooth extraction. The teeth that are most likely to go bad are wisdom teeth and molars. Bicuspids and canine teeth are a lot less vulnerable.
When you’re experiencing tooth pain it’s a warning from your body. Warnings should never be ignored, or what starts out as a minor pain soon becomes a major infection. Take this in the spirit that it’s offered: a piece of friendly advice from your Gilbert dentist.
This concludes part two of our series on family dentists. Be sure to read part one and part three as well.
Gilbert Vista Dental Care
2451 East Baseline Road #210
Gilbert, AZ 85234