What is a Dental Emergency

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If you encountered a weird pain in your tooth or even cracked a tooth on a holiday or after hours, what would you do? Do you know the difference between a standard dental issue that can wait until business hours and a dental emergency?

Knowing what would warrant an ER visit or what events can lead to you seeing an Emergency Dentist can help you feel confident in making quick decisions after experiencing a dental issue. Not everyone is aware of what a dental emergency actually is, so we’re hoping these tips can help just in case anything were to happen in the future.

Here are some questions you can ask to help determine if an event you’re experiencing warrants emergency care.

  • What kind of pain are you in? Is it severe? Extremely severe pain and bleeding are signs of an emergency.
  • Did you lose a tooth? Seeing a dentist quickly after losing a tooth can prevent further harm.
  • What about teeth that are loose? Do you feel like teeth have been knocked out of their place? If you’re an adult, having loose teeth is a serious problem and you should see a dentist immediately if you encounter this situation.
  • Do you have an infection? A serious infection or a pocket of pus forming in your mouth can be life threatening. You might also notice swelling or knots on your gums or swelling around your face as well. You should see a dentist immediately if you find yourself in this unfortunate predicament.
  • Are you bleeding from the mouth? Any type of bleeding from your mouth is a serious sign of emergency and you should see a healthcare professional immediately.

There are many dental incidents that might warrant an emergency room visit. But a general rule to follow is this, anytime you need to stop bleeding, eliminate severe pain, or save a tooth, it’s an emergency. In addition, if you encounter a severe infection in your mouth, it’s time to visit the emergency room.

On the other hand, there are some cases that might seem to warrant an emergency visit, but they actually can wait. These cases are those that are not life threatening and do not cause severe trauma. For example, a chipped or cracked tooth can wait until you can see a dentist during regular business hours. Although, if the tooth is causing severe pain or causing injury in your mouth, you will need to see an emergency dentist. Likewise, a toothache, can wait unless you experience any of the severe symptoms described above.

It’s important to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth and gums with regular brushing and flossing to give your teeth the absolute best chance at surviving an incident. We believe that being proactive is the best healthcare you can give yourself. Also, regular visits to your dentist will help you maintain excellent oral health and be able to combat any potential problems in a proactive manner as well. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, it’s vital to make the most of your time and get yourself to an emergency healthcare professional, preferably an emergency dentist.