Is It a Dental Emergency?

facialswellingPatients are often unclear when a problem with their teeth is a dental emergency. Even if the problem is determined not to be an emergency after you arrive at the dental office, it is important to understand that you will never be turned away. Here are some complications that signal a dental emergency is present.

Fracture Of The Tooth

Many tooth fractures should be considered an emergency. High levels of pain or a severe fracture should always be treated right away. If the pain isn’t too bad, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Sudden Swelling

Swelling signals an infection. Examine your mouth to discover where the swelling is. If your gums are swollen, it is an emergency.

Tooth Is Knocked Out

If you lose one of your adult teeth, treat it as an emergency. Apply a cold compress to stop the bleeding and head to an emergency room or to your dentist. Make sure that you bring the tooth with you. If you are quick enough, the tooth can be re-implanted.

Extruded Teeth

Teeth can be pushed backwards or forwards in the mouth. If this happens to you, don’t try to readjust them on your own. Treat it as a dental emergency and head out for treatment immediately.

Abscessed Tooth

The signs of an abscessed tooth include swelling, discoloration within the mouth, and pus. Abscessed teeth are at high risk of infection that can quickly spread throughout your body and can be very painful. There may be no signs or trauma that trigger this event. Immediately head to your dentist because this is a true dental emergency.

Don’t be afraid to call us when you have a dental problem. We are here for both regular office visits as well as dental emergencies. During your call, we’ll assess your situation. If you have a dental emergency, be prepared to head out quickly so we can help you resolve the problem.


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