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The teeth are designed to handle a lot of stress and wear without becoming damaged, but when they erupt improperly or become broken, you may need to visit Dr. Golly. This can cause discomfort or even pain, sometimes resulting in further damage to your smile. We offer some insight into treating dental emergencies such as wisdom teeth and damaged dental restorations.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Emerging wisdom teeth can leave flaps in the gums that allow food debris and bacterial plaque to accumulate under your gums and result in issues such as pain, tenderness, gum swelling and a bad taste in the mouth caused by pus. If you notice any of these symptoms, we encourage you to visit our office, where you may need to have the wisdom teeth removed and receive prescription antibiotics to keep the site clear of infection while it heals.

These third molars are usually the last of your teeth to come in, which sometimes is too late because there isn’t much room left for them to come in. This can result in impacted teeth, and this is when the teeth are unable to fully break through the gums, or they grow in at an incorrect angle. Very often, this will result in damage to neighboring teeth, tooth decay, infection, inflammation and other dental problems.

Damaged Dental Crowns and FIllings

Depending on the dental emergency, we may be able to provide treatment such as placing a new crown or filling after taking a brand-new impression of your smile. In the meantime, we can provide a temporary filling or crown to protect the tooth.

A dental filling is used to repair moderate tooth damage and is commonly known for repairing cavities. It can also be used for minor chips or fractures. We use composite dental fillings to help give the appearance of a natural-looking smile, matching the contours of your teeth. It’s first cleaned and any decay or damage is removed, then filled with material, and shaped to your teeth. After it is hardened, we do a final check and send you on your way.

For a dental crown, we have the wonderful use of CEREC® advanced technology to restore your dental crown. Made using porcelain, it is contoured to match your smile and is a popular option for tooth repair to give a natural appearance. A CEREC crown is placed to protect your tooth from further damage, a dental implant, root canal treatment or to attach a dental bridge. It can also help the overall structure of a tooth when it is weakened or damaged.

If you have experienced any of the above issues, or otherwise feel you may need to receive emergency dental care in McMinnville, Oregon, we recommend calling All About Smiles at 503-472-9435 today for a visit with our dentist as soon as possible. We are committed to helping you restore your smile to full health and function, with sustainable results you can enjoy for years to come. After all, your teeth can last a lifetime, and they should. So feel free to give us a call to restore your smile today!