Emergency Dental Care

Emergency tooth extraction scenario can happen if you have a chronic or an acute infection that has infected the pulpal tissue (the nerve tissue at the center of the tooth). Such infection can lead to emergency dental problems, such as pulpitis and acute swelling due to abscess. If root canal treatment is not an option, then extraction would be the treatment of choice. If you have severe infection in the tooth, taking antibiotic may be recommended prior to visiting our office for an emergency dental care in order to control the amount of abscess.

Other emergency dental problems:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Avulsed tooth (Knocked-out tooth)
  • Trauma
  • Pain due to severe periodontal disease

Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent molars to emerge. These teeth are also the most likely to require extraction, due to any of several complications listed below. The goal is to prevent any future infection and emergency dental episodes. However, other teeth may also require extraction if they cannot be saved by root canal therapy or other treatment. Some of the most common reasons to have teeth extracted include:

  • Impacted tooth – tooth is trapped beneath bone or gums and not emerging properly
  • Crowding or small mouth – emerging teeth may cause other teeth to shift or crack due to lack of space
  • Decay or infection – when a tooth is affected by extreme decay or infection that cannot be corrected with filling or root canal treatment, it may require extraction
  • Pericoronitis – gum tissue around the impacted wisdom teeth become infected and swollen, which may cause severe pain. Severe cases of pericoronitis can prevent a person from eating or opening his/her mouth

Dr. Chung Lee, who is also available for your emergency dental needs, may recommend extraction of one or more of your teeth if any of these issues apply to you. During your consultation, we may also recommend sedation dentistry to make your experience more comfortable.

Post-Extraction Care

After your extraction, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You will require rest, but lie with your head propped on a pillow to prevent prolonged bleeding.

We will apply gauze when your extraction is complete. When it becomes soaked, change it for a fresh piece. Use pain medication and ice pack as directed for pain and swelling. If bleeding continues beyond 24 hours, contact our office immediately.

For the first few days following extraction, limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as the pressures created by these actions can slow clotting and loosen sutures.

For more information on emergency dental visits or an extraction consultation, contact our office.

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