Dental emergencies can be alarming. But it is important to remember that the sooner you contact us, the more likely we can take action, stop the pain, and save the tooth.
Here are some clear indicators to look out for in a dental emergency.
Toothache or oral pain
Pain is your body’s natural alarm system when something requires serious attention. With most dental conditions, symptoms remain quiet until they advance and involve a nerve.
Anytime your tooth, gum tissue, or jaw is painful, it is time to contact your dentist and book an appointment. If you leave it or delay the treatment, it is likely that your pain will worsen and may even result in an extraction.
Inflammation or swelling
Inflammation often indicates infection. Even if the swelling is not yet painful, it is essential to seek dental treatment, as an active infection anywhere in the body can become severe.
Swelling in the gums, jaw, or face can indicate an infected tooth. Sometimes, we can save the tooth with a root canal treatment.
Broken, fractured, or a knocked-out tooth
It is no surprise that our teeth are faced with dangers every single day. Whether you bite into something unexpected or have a sporting injury, your teeth can sometimes suffer.
If you break a tooth, repairing the damage and reinforcing its structure can prevent further damage. We can sometimes save a knocked-out tooth by gently placing it back into the socket and attaching reinforcements to hold it in place until the ligaments and bone heal around the tooth.
Even though a broken tooth isn’t always painful, fractured teeth can risk your oral health and wellness. Further damage is more likely when the enamel that protects your teeth becomes compromised.
Contact your dentist
If you believe that you are in need of emergency dental care, do not hesitate to contact us. We reserve emergency appointments daily. We will work with you to evaluate the situation and work on your decision. In most cases, it is better for you to come in to see us straight away so we are able to have the best chance and rid you of pain.
As always, if you are not sure or want clarification please do not hesitate to contact us and our friendly staff will be able to help you out.