Most of us have had a dental emergency occur at some point in our lives. While there are many different types of emergencies, some are just a nuisance while others demand immediate attention.
But how do you know which is which?
Here are some common dental problems that require emergency treatment. Of course, this is just a guide, and your first step should always be to call your dentist first and explain your situation.
Please note that if any emergency involves injury to your face or jaw or you experience excessive bleeding, you should call 911 or go to an emergency room.
This is the most critical of all dental emergencies because there is a window of about two hours in which the tooth can be reinserted successfully. Keep the tooth moist in a cup of water or saliva and take care not to disturb the root.
Severe Tooth Pain
You may have been ignoring slight pain in the hopes that it will go away; but it won’t, and if you let it go too long, whatever’s causing the pain will worsen until you can’t physically ignore it any longer.
Lost Crown or Filling
A lost crown or filling is usually not painful, but both leave a tooth exposed and unprotected. Seeking dental care as soon as possible will prevent further damage and restore the tooth to full, healthy function.
Your team at Garden Springs Dental understands that a dental emergency is an event that can turn your life upside down. Our goal is to see you as soon as possible so we can provide the care you need to provide relief and protect your oral health.