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There are quite a few reasons that you may require emergency dental care. A dental emergency can occur at any time. We do our best to try to accommodate emergency cases so that you or a loved one will not have to live with oral pain any longer than necessary.

The number one reason that people undergo tooth damage each year is through playing sports, according to the American Dental Association. Even a simple backyard game of basketball can result in a tooth being knocked out or damaged.

Another common cause of tooth injury is vehicle accidents. Although your tooth may be strong, it is sometimes not strong enough to prevent a broken tooth when your head impacts the steering wheel.

Here are five reasons why you may require emergency dental care:

1. Loose Tooth

It is not normal for an adult to experience a loose tooth. By the time you have become an adult, your teeth should have matured into sturdy tools to assist you in eating, speaking and living a healthy lifestyle. Whenever you notice that one or more teeth are loosening, this could be due to a variety of causes.

One common cause of a loose tooth is some form of tooth injury that can be extremely painful. This means that you should seek immediate medical attention. No matter what type of injury caused the loose tooth, you need to ensure that all of your teeth are intact and strong. Even if the tooth looks fine outwardly, you need to make an emergency dental appointment so that we can check for signs of nerve or jaw damage. It is best to make an appointment right away before the situation can become worse.

Another common reason for a loose tooth is an infection. This infection may not always be evident outwardly. To really get a handle on what is happening, your dentist needs to examine you right away. And if a loose tooth leads to a toothache, you may be experiencing gum disease or dental caries. We might perform an oral exam or take x-rays to determine the cause and location of any infection. Early intervention helps to keep any infection from spreading and gives you a better chance of keeping your teeth intact.

2. Severe Toothache

Experiencing a severe toothache is never any fun. It is a clear indication that you need to visit your dentist so that you can get relief from your toothache pain. If the discomfort or pain from your toothache is only minor, you may be able to mitigate the situation at home using things like clove oil or swishing your mouth with warm salt water. If the pain or discomfort persists, you will definitely need to visit the dentist to get some pain relief that will last.

3. Lingering Canker Sore

Canker sores are a common type of lesion that can form in the mouth. If they linger or become infected, this should be a concern to you. Open sores in the mouth that will not heal within a couple of weeks should prompt you to contact your dentist for information on how to proceed.

4. Chronic Headaches

Things like stress, illness, or consuming cold beverages or food too quickly can lead to a headache. If you are experiencing chronic headaches, this may be a reason for concern. Your head and teeth are connected, so any pain or an infection in your mouth may lead to a headache. Chronic headaches can also be caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. This causes tension and eventual pain in the jaw muscles that can spread to the head.

If you feel that your headaches are due to teeth grinding, talk to us, especially if you're also noticing increased sensitivity in your teeth or tooth enamel that has worn down. Treatment for this condition is often as simple as wearing a mouthguard while sleeping.

5. Metal Taste in Mouth

Do you have metal fillings? When you notice a metal taste in your mouth, it may indicate then an old filling has been damaged. If this is the case, you would require an emergency dental visit, since an open filling can lead to tooth decay and new infections. If you leave this untreated, you will probably eventually experience a toothache or infection that requires a root canal. Allow us to put in a new filling and remove any infection.

If you are experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms, please contact the office of Boulevard Dental right away to seek further information and determine if you require an emergency dental visit.

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