What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

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No one expects a dental emergency, so it is important to know what to do if you or a loved one experience sudden dental pain, a lost tooth, or another painful situation. Some dental conditions require immediate care and treatment, while others can wait a few days to be seen. To help you determine whether something is a dental emergency or not, our team at Jones Creek Family Dentistry has put together the following information.

Is a Lost Tooth a Dental Emergency?

Unless we’re talking about a child losing a baby tooth, a lost tooth is a dental emergency. However, don’t panic — you still may be able to save the tooth! If you can, gently insert the tooth back into its socket as you seek emergency dental treatment. If the tooth cannot go back into the socket, you can either place it between your cheek and teeth or in a glass of milk while you seek emergency treatment.

I Have a Severe Toothache — Is This a Dental Emergency?

Even if you are unsure what happened, severe dental pain is considered a dental emergency. Severe pain can be the result of an infection, a broken or cracked tooth, or another condition that requires immediate treatment.

I Chipped My Tooth, Do I Need Treatment Right Away?

A chipped tooth may or may not be an emergency — it depends on the severity of the chip. For example, if the chip is minor and is not causing any discomfort, you can wait a few days before seeking treatment at our office. If the chip is major or if the chipped tooth is cutting your mouth, then you should seek treatment right away.

If you are unsure whether or not what you’re experiencing is a dental emergency, call our office for help. Our team can help you determine whether you need to seek immediate treatment or whether you can wait for a more convenient time to come in. To ask us any questions or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today!

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