What Qualifies As Being a Dental Emergency?
You should seek urgent dental treatment if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache or facial pain which isn’t helped by taking over-the-counter painkillers
- If you knock out or dislodge a permanent tooth
- If your toothache is causing a fever or facial swelling which could indicate infection
- Uncontrolled bleeding following a dental implant, extraction or other oral surgery
- If you have an accident or trauma which affects your teeth or jaws
Reducing Your Risk of Dental Emergencies
While it’s often impossible to prevent dental accidents, visiting a dentist regularly can reduce your chances of a dental emergency such as an infected tooth. It also makes sense to keep a small dental first-aid kit at home containing over-the-counter painkillers and an antiseptic mouthwash. Temporary dental cement (available in any drugstore) will help hold a loose crown in place until it can be permanently cemented back in place.
If you do feel that your dental problem is an emergency then please contact us and will endeavor to make sure any problem is attended to as quickly as possible. Initial treatment can be given to relieve pain and discomfort about it’s likely you will need to return to our dental office at a later date for more restorative work on the affected tooth.