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Pain, Swelling, and Other Symptoms? You Might Have a Dental Emergency

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It started off with sensitivity to hot coffee. While it made your mornings more challenging, you didn't worry too much because it dissipated quickly. The next thing you knew, your tooth woke you up during the night, with pain and swelling and this time it wasn't going away. It's time to contact your dentist because you may be experiencing an emergency.

What is Causing My Pain?

Your pain is likely indicating a dental infection. This is typically caused by decay that has progressed into the nerve of your tooth, and it's important to note that a dental infection needs to be treated right away to prevent it from spreading to other critical areas of your body or damaging other healthy teeth. So please don't wait for your infection to feel better or go away on its own. You should consider this a dental emergency and contact your dentist right away.

What Type of Treatment Will I Need?

Root canal therapy can eliminate your pain and infection while preserving the integrity of your natural tooth structure. The infected tissue inside your tooth is removed through a small access hole in the top. It is then sealed with a temporary filling and allowed time to heal. After it's completely healed, your tooth will need to be rebuilt with a permanent filling or dental crown to restore the function you once had.

How to Avoid a Root Canal

Did you know that your root canal could have been avoided with preventive care? Remember that sensitivity you were having? That was the time to report it to your dentist and have a checkup. Your dentist can detect conditions such as tooth decay in its earliest stages, which would have allowed you to treat your tooth with a less invasive procedure such as a dental filling.

Being proactive about your oral health can help you to avoid painful situations. However, if you find yourself in need of emergency dentistry in Souderton, PA, give our office a call right away. Dr. McMaugh will make every effort to see you as soon as possible and get you back on the path to wellness in no time.

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