My tooth hurts, and my face is swollen. Is this a dental emergency?
In short, yes. We recommend you contact your Chattanooga emergency dentist immediately for an appointment. Swelling is typically an indication of an infection, which is often accompanied by pain. Leaving an active infection in your mouth not only puts you at risk for tooth loss, but also impacts the health of your body.
A toothache and swelling may indicate the need for root canal treatment. A common misconception about root canal therapy is that it is a painful procedure. In reality, root canal treatment almost instantly reduces pain in the tooth, jaw, and face, by removing the infection and bacteria and diseased tissue deep within the tooth. While it is common for your tooth to feel sensitive for a few days after the body’s natural healing process takes over, you should feel like yourself again in a few days to a week.
Any time you feel pain, it is your body’s way of alerting you of trouble that you should not ignore! If you do not yet have a dentist in the Chattanooga area, we welcome you to our practice. Bridge Dental Care works with many major insurance companies and offers financing options to eliminate the stress of budgeting your dental emergency and getting treatment when you need it most.