Emergency Dentists for Lilburn, GA
Killian Hill Dental Care provides emergency dental care for those in need. We strive to see all patients with emergency issues who call before two hours from closing time. In pain with a toothache, chipped or fractured tooth, accidental tooth injury? Call our office immediately so that we can help get you out of discomfort and/or restore your smile. Our team of experienced dentists have handled thousands of cases just like yours. It is heartwarming to know that you have a dental office that you can depend on in your time of need. Although we are frequently fully booked with appointments, we still make a special effort to make sure that your dental pain is taken care of on the same day.
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We are conveniently located at
Lilburn Professional Center
912 Killian Hill Rd., Suite 100
Lilburn, GA 30047
Emergency dental issues come in many different flavors. Tooth pain can be caused by large cavities, tooth fractures, receded gums, a bad bite…the list goes on and on.
Large cavities occur when a small cavity goes undetected causing the decay to get close to the nerve. Since tooth decay is caused by bacteria that is normally found in the mouth, once it gets close to the center of the tooth, it can infect the nerve causing excruciating pain. If the decay has not destroyed too much tooth structure, then the tooth can be saved with root canal treatment. The tooth will then need to be built back up with a core buildup in order to restore the lost tooth structure. And then permanently covered with a porcelain crown. If there is too much decay that would make it impossible to restore the tooth, then the tooth would need to be removed and replaced with an implant, fixed bridge, or a partial denture.
If the tooth has a fracture, then the first order of business is to protect the tooth with a porcelain crown. This will stop or slow the fracture from propagating further into the tooth. If the fracture has reached the nerve in the center of the tooth, then root canal treatment would be necessary in order to save the tooth. Sometimes, the crack was not caught in time and the fracture has made its way down into the root. In this case, the tooth is non-restorable. Trying to save the tooth at this point would be like building a big, beautiful house on a cracked foundation only to have the house fall apart very soon due to lack of support. The only solution for this issue is extraction of the tooth. The tooth should be replaced with the same options as with a decayed tooth.
Receded gums can cause tooth sensitivity. A tooth is covered with a very hard, highly calcified coating called enamel. Tooth enamel has no nerve endings just like the end of your fingernails. Underneath the enamel, there is material called dentin. Dentin is very much alive. It contains tubules that are connected to the nerve in the center of the tooth. This is why we have to numb your tooth when we drill on it. When the dentin is covered by the enamel, it doesn’t send any signals to the nerve. But when it becomes uncovered when the gums recede, that can cause quite a bit of sensitivity. That sensitivity feels exactly the same as when you have a cavity. The great news is that we don’t have to drill to take care of the discomfort. There are some wonderful resin coatings that we can apply to the exposed roots that will greatly reduce or eliminate the sensitivity.
Dental pain can also be caused by a bad bite. When a tooth is out of alignment, it can hit first when you close. This is called traumatic occlusion. This consistent hammering away at the tooth can cause not only the tooth itself to hurt, but can also cause jaw pain in the form of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) or sometimes know an TMJ which stands for the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint). Many times, just simply grinding the chewing surface of the tooth is enough to put the tooth back into harmony with the rest of the teeth. That can help reduce the inflammation in the jaw joint and take the pressure off the affected tooth.
A gum abscess can be a source of pain. This can be caused by underlying periodontal disease which attacks the bone that holds the teeth in. It can also be caused by getting food impacted under the gums. As periodontal disease progresses, it can be a frequent origin of abscesses. It is not uncommon to get food caught between one’s teeth and sometimes it can be close to impossible for the individual to get it out with floss. Another food item that can cause gum abscesses are popcorn hulls. They can act like little knives and cut their way down under the gums and become a source of infection. Dental infections are taken very seriously. Since there are no valves in the veins of the head and neck, infections can travel upstream into the brain. There are areas in the neck called fascial planes which continue down to the mediastinum where the heart resides. Dental infections have been known to travel along those lines also. And with the over usage of antibiotics, there are superbugs out there that are resistant to many antibiotics. Therefore, if you are suffering from a dental abscess, it is imperative that you give our office a call as soon as possible.
If you have a dental emergency, please call our office at 770-923-3966. We will do everything in our power to get you out of pain on the same day.