Hummingbird Dental is a full-service dental clinic in Richmond Hill that provides emergency dentistry services to patients across the Greater Toronto Area. At our dentist office, we care for patients experiencing regular dental emergencies, such as face swelling, injuries to the teeth/mouth and dental pain. Face swelling, in particular, is quite common. It is often caused by a tooth infection. In most cases, the swelling starts off as barely noticeable, escalates to mild discomfort and gradually builds up to painful swelling.
Comprehensive Dentistry Services
The root cause of swelling in the mouth or gums is often a tooth abscess due to infection. This is an extremely painful condition and requires emergency dental treatment. At most dental offices, you’ll need to book an appointment to be seen by the dentist. At our office, we offer emergency treatment. Hummingbird Dental is one of the few dentists open on weekends, including emergency appointments. Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, the dentist will resolve the issue and provide advice to prevent future infections. If you have a dental emergency or need to see a family dentist, call us at (905) 237-7976 to get answers to your questions and book an appointment.
What to Expect at the Dentist Office?
You can call us anytime with your emergency or come directly to our office. We have a triage area where we review all emergency cases upon arrival to determine what kind of treatment is necessary. When it comes to tooth infection and abscess, the first step is often to drain the abscess, reduce the swelling and manage the pain. The dentist will drain the abscess by puncturing the abscess or skillfully drilling an opening in the tooth to allow the pus to escape. In case there is any remaining infection after draining the abscess, the dentist will prescribe an antibiotic to be taken after the draining process. The dentist will also give painkillers to manage the pain after puncturing gum or drilling the tooth.
Follow up Treatment!
Depending on the severity of the case, we may carry out the follow up treatment on the same day or a couple of days after draining the tooth abscess. If you have a periapical abscess, you may need an extraction or a root canal to save and restore the damaged part of the tooth where the nerve endings are located. The dentist will remove the dead pulpal tissue from the hole drilled in the tooth after the pus escapes and fill the remaining space with a tooth filling.
In case the abscess formed in the gum (periodontal abscess) after draining, the dentist will clean the pocket formed by the abscess and smooth out the root surfaces of the tooth so the pocket closes up and disappears. If the infection recurs, you may need oral surgery to reshape the gum tissue and prevent future infection.
Ignoring the Problem Only Makes it Worse
You can prevent dental abscess by practicing good oral hygiene. Sometimes the pain caused by dental abscess may be pulsating. If the pain subsides, it does not mean that the infection has gone away; you should visit a dentist as soon as possible.
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