Should You Visit Your Emergency Dentist for Facial Swelling?

Woman talking to emergency dentist about facial swellingFrom searing toothaches to completely knocked-out teeth, there are several dental injuries that your emergency dentist can swiftly address. Of course, some oral health problems require more immediate attention than others. Naturally, then, you may be wondering if you should visit your emergency dentist for facial swelling. Here’s the answer!

So, Is Facial Swelling a Dental Emergency?

As with any dental problem, it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially since facial swelling could be the result of a wide range of issues. Two of the most common reasons this occurs is because of:

  • An abscessed tooth – Once the bacteria enters the pulp of the tooth and causes an infection, it can spread throughout your face and to other parts of your body.
  • A salivary gland infection – Since your salivary glands are located in your cheeks and can become infected and inflamed, this may be the source of your facial swelling.

Of course, the earlier your emergency dentist can intervene, the better. So, don’t hesitate to call their office the moment any unusual symptoms arise. The sooner you do, the sooner they can discover the root of the problem and address it!

How Is Facial Swelling Treated?

Naturally, your exact treatment plan will be completely customized to your unique dental needs. If the root of the problem is an abscessed tooth, then your dentist will numb the area thoroughly before accessing the pulp. Then, they’ll clean out the tooth, disinfect it, and protect it with a dental crown to prevent further damage. If an infected salivary gland is the issue, then your dentist can prescribe an antibiotic or remove the diseased portion of the glands. Before taking any action, they will discuss all of your treatment options and answer any questions you have.

When You Should Visit the ER First

Since hospitals rarely have dental professionals on staff, it’s always best to visit your dentist for dental emergencies. Of course, there is an exception: when you’re experiencing potentially life-threatening symptoms. Difficulty breathing, a fractured jaw, and uncontrollable bleeding are a few signs that you should head to your nearest ER or call 911. Once you receive the medical attention you need, you can call your dentist for a same-day appointment to restore your oral health as well.

Facial swelling could certainly be something that isn’t serious. However, since you won’t know until your dentist has a chance to take a look, it’s always best to schedule an appointment just to be sure!

About the Practice

For over 30 years now, Dr. Kimberley Capua has been helping patients in the Carrollton area maintain, restore, and enhance their smiles. Since graduating from the Baylor College of Dentistry, she has stayed abreast of the most recent techniques and technology through continuing education and active memberships with the Texas Dental Association and the Dallas Country Dental Society. If you have a question about an oral health-related symptom you’re experiencing or you need to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (972) 418-1811.