When do you need to see a dental professional?

Healthy teeth and gums are a vital part of your overall health. Sometimes, you may be experiencing dental issues that may not be immediately obvious. Read on to learn more about some signs you might need emergency dental care.

Dr. Bret Dyer of Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology is experienced in the treatment and management of all kinds of dental issues, including gum disease, gum recession, and tooth cavities.


Tooth pain is one of the most common dental issues that occur for a variety of reasons, such as tooth decay due to poor dental hygiene, trauma to the face or jaws, or infection. Depending on what is causing the tooth pain, e.g., a broken or chipped tooth, patients may get relief at home using a cool compress or over-the-counter pain relief medication. However, if you have cavities or you’re experiencing bad breath, it could be a symptom of gum disease and you should see a dentist as soon as possible.

Bleeding Gums

If you’re experiencing bleeding gums due to a minor injury, you can get relief at home by applying a cold compress. It is also common for your gums to occasionally bleed while flossing. However, if the bleeding is sustained and accompanied by pain, it might be indicative of gum disease and you should get emergency dental care immediately.

Loose Tooth

One of the most important signs of excellent dental health is strong teeth. If any of your teeth feel loose, it is almost always a sign you need emergency dental care. Possible causes include trauma to the face or jaw, tooth decay, and gum disease. See a dental professional immediately to get help!

Swollen Jaws and/or Numbness

If you have recently undergone a procedure such as pulling a tooth or getting cavities filled, it is normal to experience temporary swelling in your jaws. However, if you have swollen jaws for no apparent reason, it might be due to infection. Sometimes, swelling may be accompanied by numbness or a lack of sensation in the teeth. If you experience any of these symptoms, please schedule a visit to the dentist as soon as possible.

Tooth Abscess

A dental or tooth abscess occurs when pus collects in the oral cavity due to an infection. It commonly occurs due to tooth holes or infection from undergoing a dental procedure. Symptoms of a dental abscess include throbbing pain in the tooth that often spreads to other areas such as the jaws, neck, and ears, tooth sensitivity, swelling in the face, and difficulty chewing and swallowing. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please get dental care immediately.

Periodontist in Sugar Land: Get Emergency Dental Care with Dr. Bret Dyer!

Because dental issues only get worse over time, having regular checkups is critical to discover any issues you may be facing and receive timely treatment and advice. Dr. Bret Dyer and his team at Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology can provide all the dental care you need! For more information about our services or to book a consultation with Dr. Dyer, please contact us online or give us a call at (281) 980-2344.

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Fort Bend Periodontics & Implantology

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