I’m worried about my husband. He has been babying his mouth for a bit now. He said he thinks he just hit it with a fork or something. However, when I looked at it, it seemed to have some type of a pimple on it. I don’t think that’s an injury. I think that’s a dental problem. Is this an emergency? It looks like the side of his face is starting to swell also. I’m getting concerned.
You’re right to be concerned. It sounds like your husband has an abscessed tooth. That’s an infection. If the side of his face is swelling, that means the infection is spreading. This is definitely a dental emergency.
If you think about how close your jaw is to your heart and brain, you certainly wouldn’t want it to spread too far. That could become life-threatening quickly.
Hopefully, with a simple root canal treatment and crown the tooth can be saved. If he can’t, there are options. The most important thing is he gets treatment right away. If he doesn’t have a dentist of his own, there are “emergency dentists” who will see non-established patients in cases like your husbands.
If the Emergency Dentist Can’t Save His Tooth
If the tooth can’t be saved, your husband will need a tooth extraction as well as a replacement. The best type of tooth replacement is a dental implant. It will be like having a healthy natural tooth there again. However, if there are things wrong with the adjacent teeth, it may make more sense for him to get a dental bridge.
Many husbands avoid the dentist because they’re dental babies, but don’t want to admit it. You may have better success if you find an emergency dentist who’s also a sedation dentist. That will allow him to sleep through whatever procedure is necessary. though, you will need to drive him to and from his appointment in that case, as well as stay with him until he’s lucid again.
This blog is brought to you by Lake Oswego Dentist Dr. Mo Saleh.