Do You Need Emergency Dental Care?
It’s all fun and games until a tooth goes flying out of someone’s mouth. And then all hell breaks loose as everyone rushes the injured party to…the emergency room?
Do you know what emergency dental care is, and what constitutes a trip to the dentist versus a trip to the ER? We break it down.
When Do You Need Emergency Dental Care?
Here’s a list of common emergencies that you’ll want to go to the dentist for.
- Your mouth tastes like metal (sign of a loose filling)
- Your tooth is numb (symptom of abscess that could have reached your root)
- Your canker sore is getting worse (sign of an infection)
- You have a dental abscess (symptom of untreated gum disease)
- You have a swollen jaw (sign of salivary gland infection)
- Your gums are bleeding (sign of early gum disease)
- You have a loose tooth
In any of the above cases, you can choose to book a regular dental appointment instead of going into emergency care.
However, if these conditions have reached a point of severity, for example, if the pain is unbearable, the bleeding is non-stop; you have blockages, and constant headaches, then you need to visit the dentist as soon as possible.
When Do You Not Need Emergency Care?
If the problem can wait for a few days or until the dentist can see you, it’s probably not a dental emergency.
A cracked or chipped tooth, a basic toothache or even jaw ache caused by a sinus infection (yes, it does happen!), or a lost crown or filling can be delayed. Therefore, this would not be an emergency.
But, if you feel like these injuries or problems are causing you discomfort and pain, i.e., your cracked tooth shows visible deep cracks and is causing trauma in your mouth, then you’ll need to go to your dentist immediately.
Keep in mind, cracked teeth can lead to pain, and if the pain and injury are severe, this can cause an abscess, which can display symptoms in the form of bumps along your gums, swelling along your jaw and face, as well as a high fever.
Need Some Dental Care?
Rabile Family Dentistry in Irving, TX, is a trusted name in the community that offers emergency dental services in addition to comprehensive dental services.
To book an appointment, contact us today at (972) 756-9557.