How do you know what constitutes a dental emergency? A dental emergency requires immediate care from a dentist, and delays in seeking treatment could affect your future recovery.
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A toothache can be due to a range of problems, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. In fact, a toothache can be very dangerous if the cause is an infection. The longer you’ve had the toothache the more urgent it is to resolve. A toothache can be caused by tooth decay, a fracture, a damaged filling, grinding teeth, and infected gums. (To manage pain, you can self-treat with over-the-counter medicine. Place an ice pack against your mouth or cheek where the sore tooth is located. Do not put heat on your mouth.)
Broken teeth can almost always be saved, but the problem must be addressed as soon as the break happens. Call your dentist and explain the situation. If it’s a small break, you might get a white filling and crown, whereas serious breaks could require a root canal.
A lost filling or crown does not usually qualify as an emergency. However, you’ll need to take good care of yourself because the exposed tooth can be sensitive. If you lose a crown, put it in a safe container and make an appointment with us as soon as you can. It’s best not to wait long because your tooth isn’t as strong without the crown. You risk further damage the longer you wait.
Our Team specializes in treating common dental emergencies including tooth pain, sore/swollen gums, and chipped/cracked teeth among other issues.