One of your kids loses a tooth during a Saturday soccer match. You bite down on a piece of hard candy, only to have a back molar split in two. That dull ache on the left side of your jaw from a decaying or an abscessed tooth that suddenly explodes in waves of pain across your jaw.
It is impossible to say how many different ways a dental emergency can strike, but one thing is for sure…dental emergencies are inevitable.
Dr. Cochran and the staff at Cochran Family Dental have been treating dental emergencies round the clock for more than a decade, serving the residents of Leesburg, Ashburn, Purcell and nearby communities with prompt care and knowledgeable compassion.
“The important thing to remember is that when you lose a tooth or have and level of pain as a result of tooth or gum issues, you need to be seen immediately. Getting immediate relief for pain is an obvious reason, but putting off treatment can also make a dental emergency go to bad from worse,” says Dr. Cochran.
One of the biggest consequences of delayed treatment is that in many instances, the longer you wait to see a dentist, the less likely it is that you will be able to keep the damaged tooth. For example, if you are dealing with an abscess, swollen and infected gum tissue will only get worse, forming a cyst that swells with an active bacterial infection.
When an abscess is left untreated, in addition to losing a tooth, some people may also see the infection spread to other parts of the mouth and face, and to other parts of the body. In some cases, the untreated abscess can even cause a life-threatening situation.
In cases like this and in all dental emergencies, it’s best to call your dentist’s office right away and let trained professionals treat you the best possible way.
Cochran Family Dental is located in Leesburg and proudly serves the cities of Ashburn, Purcellville and other nearby communities in northern Virginia and southern Maryland.