Dental emergencies are unexpected occurences that very often require immediate care to stabilize the problem and relieve the pain.
A toothache is by far the most common dental emergency and in these situations pain may start off as dull but quickly progress to severe. Patients could also experience swelling of the gum or face next to the tooth that is aching which requires immediate treatment to reduce the swelling.
A traumatic event where a tooth gets hit is another type of emergency. This type of event could lead to a tooth being chipped or broken which may be painful or sharp to the patient. Alternatively, a tooth could be pushed back (displaced) or completely knocked out (avulsed) which requires prompt intervention to stabilize the affected tooth.
A lost filling can also feel like an emergency as the tooth may be exposed and sensitive to temperatures and chewing or simply rough to cheeks or tongue.
Please contact our office immediately if you feel as though you have an emergency and don't know what to do.
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