EMERGENCY DENTAL SERVICES
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms below it is important to seek immediate emergency dental attention. Please call our office right away to schedule an emergency appointment. We will help determine if you are in need of immediate emergency attention.
SIGNS OF A DENTAL EMERGENCY
Severe damage to a tooth
Small tooth chips or cracks can usually wait until regular office hours for treatment, but large breaks and fractures to a tooth accompanied by significant pain require immediate attention from a local emergency dentist. A severe break often suggests that damage has occurred to the outside of the tooth and the inner tissue.
Intense, persistent tooth pain
If you’ve ever suffered from a toothache, then you know just how excruciating one can be. If your tooth pain or sensitivity becomes increasingly worse, it may indicate an infection in your tooth or root. In cases where pain doesn’t go away with at-home care, contact your dentist for emergency treatment.
Painful swelling that doesn’t get better
Swelling along your jaw and mouth can point to a tooth or gum infection, such as an abscess, especially if it is accompanied by pain. A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that develops due to a bacterial infection in the mouth. Because an abscess will not go away on its own, it’s important to treat the condition as soon as it develops to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.
Sudden adult tooth loss
Whether you bite into an apple and dislodge a tooth or knock out a tooth playing soccer, you will want to contact your dentist immediately. Place the lost tooth in a container of milk and saliva, and bring it with you when you see your dentist. The faster you get the tooth back into its socket, the better the chance you have of the natural tooth remaining viable.
When you’re experiencing intense or unusual dental symptoms, it can be hard to determine whether or not to notify your dentist for assistance. If you’re not sure, ask yourself the following questions:
Have I suffered trauma to the face or mouth?
Are one or more of my teeth loose?
Am I experiencing severe tooth pain?
Do I have swelling in the mouth, jaw or facial area?
Am I bleeding from the mouth?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then there is a good chance you need emergency dental care and should call your dentist right away for further instructions.