Social distancing is a great way to help slow the spread the COVID-19 and protect members of our community. Right now, we’re offering emergency treatment, but otherwise limiting treatments to help safeguard the health of our patients and team members. However, if you experience an emergency situation, like pain in your tooth, then you should still contact your Albuquerque, NM, dentist.
Sometimes, a temporary ache could arise as a result of sinus or allergy concerns, or possibly cold outdoor temperatures or changes in elevation. But if you have pain in a tooth that lasts for more than a day, then you could have a cavity, or possibly an infected tooth. A cavity occurs when bacteria is no longer held back by outer enamel, and reaches the more sensitive inner layer of dentin. The decay then forms and spreads through the tooth unless treated. The tooth is infected once the bacteria finally reaches the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center. Warning signs may include tooth sensitivity, toothaches, or pain when biting down or chewing. Don’t ignore this discomfort, let our team know right away.
If you have pain in your smile, we will schedule a time to examine you and assess the cause of your discomfort. If we discover a cavity, then our team will remove the decay and clean the tooth. We then prepare and place the metal-free composite resin we use as part of our fillings. We shape the tooth as we cure the composite resin under a light. Finally, we polish the tooth, treating the issue in one visit. However, if a tooth is infected, then we will need to open the tooth and remove the infected tissue from within. We then fill the tooth with a restorative material and cap the tooth with a custom-made crown. This protects the tooth and helps prevent further discomfort.
When you see us, we will follow strict cleaning protocols. Our team will regularly clean and disinfect surfaces in between each patient visit, such as waiting room surfaces, the bathrooms, reception desk, door handles, and tools. We schedule appointments to ensure the waiting room isn’t filled with people as well. If you have any questions about protecting your smile’s healthy and beauty, or if you think you may have a dental emergency, then please contact our team today.
If you experience severe pain or sustain damage to your tooth, then you should contact our team for treatment. For more information on our emergency treatment options, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at (505) 596-4479.
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