Hopefully, you will never experience a loose tooth. (We’re talking about adult, permanent teeth.)
If you discover that one of your teeth is loose, there is most definitely an urgent dental problem.
An accident can knock a tooth loose. An injury to the mouth area is always an emergency—whether or not a tooth is loose.
When Do I See A Medical Doctor First?
For some injuries to the mouth, you should see a physician first. If you have a laceration in your mouth that’s bleeding profusely, head to the E.R. or urgent care clinic.
After the primary injury is treated, we can treat the decay or trauma. You may need a root canal, filling, and/or protective crown.
We Replace Missing Teeth
If the tooth cannot be saved, you may need an extraction. A can replace a missing tooth following extraction. At Marcos Ortega DDS, we provide all of these services.
We Treat Oral Infections
A localized infection can trigger or aggravate a loose tooth. Either gum disease or tooth decay can lead to an infection. You should see us as soon as possible if you suspect an infection.
If your jaw starts swelling, call us without delay. This could indicate a severe infection that needs treatment right away
We Treat Tooth Abscesses
Some infections lead to an abscess. An abscess is a pocket of pus. It can be located inside a tooth. Or in the gums. Or in the jaw bone near the tooth root. An abscess usually causes severe pain. If you suspect an abscess, you need to see us promptly. If it is left untreated, the abscess can quickly destroy the surrounding bone (and hurt like crazy!).
We Relieve Tooth Pain
All of the oral problems discussed in this post can cause tooth pain. If you come to Marcos Ortega DDS with extreme tooth pain, we will give you medication to relieve the pain.