Vence Dentistry wants to be here when you need us. That’s why we offer a range of urgent dental care services that can help you attain treatment as quickly as possible in the event of a dental emergency. Sometimes, a dental problem is so severe that it risks causing significant pain or serious ramifications to both your oral and general health. Dr. Brian Vence and his experienced team are standing by to provide the help you need in dental emergency situations.
The sections below describe some of the urgent dental care services available at Vence Dentistry. If you are suffering from a dental emergency, please call us immediately.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment can be essential for a tooth that is heavily damaged or decayed. A structurally weakened or diseased tooth can lead to a serious infection of the dental pulp (the material at the root of a tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues). An infection or abscess in this area can result in bone loss and overt symptoms such as extreme pain, sensitivity to foods of varying temperatures, red or swollen gums, a discharge along the gums in the area of the affected tooth, and/or what looks like a growth in the tissue near the tooth. Left untreated, these symptoms can become more and more severe, and ultimately lead to serious potential consequences for both your oral and general health. Without treatment, a bacterial infection of this kind can not only lead to tooth loss, but is also known to dramatically increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other life-threatening conditions.
Fortunately, advanced root canal therapy (also known as endodontics) is designed to treat the infection and ultimately save the damaged tooth. A root canal can remove the infected tissue, clean the nerve chamber, sterilize the nerves, and enhance the strength of the tooth. This standard dental procedure can save the tooth from extraction and eliminate pain and sensitivity caused by the infection. Typically, once the root canal is complete, a custom dental crown is then placed to reinforce and protect the tooth while enhancing its appearance.
It is very important to be aware that, in some cases, a seriously infected tooth may not cause any overt symptoms whatsoever. This makes it even more necessary to have regular dental check-ups to make sure unhealthy teeth are identified and treated as quickly as possible.
Our dentists can perform effective tooth extractions in cases where the tooth is damaged or decayed so badly that it cannot be saved. Sometimes, no amount of dental work can make a compromised tooth healthy or structurally sound again. A tooth extraction can delicately remove the tooth and prevent it from producing additional harm. Our practice also offers a range of options to replace missing teeth—including dental implants and dental bridges—that can provide natural-looking restoration of the teeth. Our dental team takes great care to extract teeth as safely and precisely as possible.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, Vence Dentistry can help. Dental emergencies can involve a number of conditions, and can happen at any time. Some of the most common dental emergencies include:
- Extreme pain
- Tooth injury resulting from traumatic impact
- An abscess or infection
- Severe bleeding in the gums
- A broken or cracked tooth
- Teeth that have fallen out on their own, or have been knocked out
While the above conditions are some of the more frequently experienced dental emergencies, other factors may also constitute a dental emergency. The important thing to remember is that the sooner you seek treatment, the better the chance that the problem can be addressed before further harm is caused. Please don’t hesitate to call our office at (630) 495-3031 in the event of a dental emergency and we can provide you with instructions.