Dental problems can happen at any time and often occur without warning. Delaying dental care can increase your risk of permanent damage and may require you to have more expensive and extensive dental treatment. For this reason, many dentists offer both urgent and emergency care services. Find out the differences between a dental emergency and an urgent dental situation.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency includes any dental issue that needs immediate treatment that can save a tooth, alleviate severe pain or stop continuous tissue bleeding. An abscess or severe infection in the mouth also constitutes a dental emergency. For some dental emergencies, receiving dental care within 30 minutes can make a tremendous difference in whether your tooth can be saved. These are some common dental emergencies:
· Knocked out tooth
· A tooth that is out of alignment or loose due to trauma
· A tooth that is cracked or fractured
· An injury inside the mouth, including lacerations, tears or puncture wounds to the tongue, mouth, cheeks or lips
· Possible broken jaw
Urgent Dental Care
Although urgent dental situations should be taken care of as soon as possible, they do not necessarily require immediate attention. These are examples of situations that are typically not emergencies and can usually be treated during your dentist’s regular business hours:
· Lost filling
· Lost crown
· Chipped tooth (if it is not causing pain)
Is it a Dental Emergency?
To determine if you are experiencing a dental emergency, ask yourself the following questions:
· Are you having intense pain?
· Do you have swelling in the face or mouth?
· Is your mouth bleeding?
· Are any of your teeth loose?
· Have you been hit in the mouth or face?