I know I probably sound like a baby, but I have an unbelievably painful canker sore. If I went to an emergency dentist would they be able to help me? I haven’t been able to eat all day today. I don’t know what to do.
Canker sores can be incredibly painful. Add eating into the mix and it’s like pouring salt on a wound. These usually take around two weeks to heal. There’s not much that can be done about them so an emergency dentist wouldn’t be helpful.
There are some things you can do to help with the pain. There are over-the-counter antiseptics which can help. Some of them have pads you can place over the sore. However, the moistness of your mouth makes them hard to keep on. They are useful for giving you some relief while you eat though.
Now, if the canker sore doesn’t heal after two weeks it will be time to see your dentist. Sometimes what seems to be a canker sore can be something else, like a virus or oral cancer.
Don’t panic about the cancer possibility. If you get regular dental checkups, your dentist should be giving you regular checks for oral cancer.
When Do You Need an Emergency Dentist?
- If you have a tooth in pain, that’s usually a sign of an infected tooth in need of a root canal treatment.
- If you lose a tooth, then it’s imperative you get to the dentist within 30 minutes to have a chance at saving the tooth. It helps if you call ahead of time so they can be prepared for you. Time is of the essence.
What If You Lose a Tooth?
If you happen to have a tooth which can be saved, don’t despair. We’ve made many advancements in tooth replacement options. Dental implants are so good, you’ll feel like you have a healthy, natural tooth again.
If the idea of surgery isn’t your thing, a porcelain bridge is a perfectly viable solution.
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