At Adams Dental in Southgate, our emergency dentist will do their very best to see you on the same day as you call if you have facial swelling.
What is facial swelling?
Facial swelling usually develops after an injury, cut, bite, sting, or a dental abscess. However, they can sometimes just seem to happen, without any apparent cause. There is usually a localised area of redness, swelling, sometimes heat, and pain. There can sometimes be throbbing pain and a fever. Facial swelling or cellulitis is a very serious situation, and it is important to visit an emergency dentist as soon as you can after the swelling comes up.
Can an emergency dentist in Southgate tell me why I have facial swelling?
Usually our emergency dentist at Adams Dental will be able to find the cause of the swelling. An infected tooth with an abscess (collection of pus) is the most common reason for facial swelling (cellulitis) seen by our emergency dentist. This happens when a bacterial infection causing deep cavities penetrates through the tooth, out through the root, into the bone, and then into the surrounding facial tissues. It usually hurts a lot.
Often our emergency dentist will find that the facial swelling and abscessed tooth are caused by severe tooth decay, but they may also be caused by a broken or chipped tooth, or gum disease.
These problems can cause openings in the tooth enamel, which can allow bacteria to infect the centre of the tooth (called the pulp). The infection may also spread from the root to the bones supporting the tooth.
My face is no longer swollen, should I still visit the emergency dentist?
It is important to see the emergency dentist in Southgate even if the swelling subsides. This is because if you have an abscessed tooth, the pulp in the root of the tooth may have died as a result of infection. However, this doesn’t mean the infection has healed; the infection remains active and continues to spread and destroy tissue. Therefore, if you experience facial swelling, it is important to see an emergency dentist in Southgate.