Everything You Need to Know About Dental Emergencies

by on November 16, 2020

Dental EmergenciesWhen you have a dental problem, your dentist should be the first person you call. What happens if you have a dental problem and it is in the middle of the night or a holiday? In these cases, you will need to call your dentist and arrange an emergency dental visit. Your dentist may even instruct you to go to the emergency room at the hospital.

How Do I Know If I Have a Dental Emergency?

Not every dental problem that occurs outside of normal office hours is always an emergency. Sure, toothaches, pains, and other issues arise. Yet, these may be able to temporarily be treated at home until you can see your dentist the following day.

To determine if you have a dental emergency ask yourself the following:

  • Can I live with the pain and discomfort, or is it too severe?
  • Did you lose a tooth or teeth from another type of accident?
  • Are your gums sore, swollen, bleeding, or showing signs of infection?
  • Do you have difficulties eating, drinking, and swallowing?
  • Are your gums or teeth bleeding and will not stop?

If you answered yes to one or more of these, then you should seek emergency dental treatment. Contact your dentist and follow their advice. If you cannot reach your dentist, consider going to the emergency room. Emergency room doctors can provide temporary treatment until you can see your dentist.

What Is Not Considered a Dental Emergency?

If you can wait to see your dentist, then you do not have a dental emergency. For example, if you lose a filling, it is not a dental emergency. If you are experiencing a toothache, but the pain is not stopping you from eating, drinking, and sleeping, then it is not an emergency.

These are just a few examples of dental problems that do not always constitute an emergency. Again, it will depend on if the pain is too severe or you are experiencing other problems, like the ones in the questions above, as to whether you have a dental emergency.

The best thing is to call your dentist if you are not sure. Most dentists have an after-hours answering service or recording with instructions on what to do if you need dental care or have an emergency. After speaking to your dentist, you can decide if you can wait or if emergency treatment is needed.

How Can I Avoid Dental Emergencies?

Other than accidents that cause injuries to the mouth and teeth, it is possible to avoid most dental emergencies like toothaches and infections with regular dental visits. Ideally, you should see your dentist twice a year to have your teeth cleaned and your oral hygiene evaluated.

During checkups, your Brampton dentist and hygienist check fillings and crowns for signs of looseness, look for evidence of gum disease and cavities, and so on that could lead to a dental emergency. If you have a dental emergency or want to schedule an oral hygiene checkup, please feel free to contact Kennedy Square Dental at 905-789-7339 today!