Experiencing a dental emergency can be frightening and painful. If you live in St. George, Utah, and the surrounding cities of Washington City, Kanab, Irvines, and Santa Clara, our dentists at Gateway Oral Health Center offer emergency dental care.
When a dental emergency occurs, it’s crucial to get help immediately because it can save your tooth. In some cases, dental emergencies can create serious health problems. The question is, what constitutes a dental emergency? Let’s dive in and learn how to know if your concern is an emergency or can wait until the next day.
Common Dental Emergencies
While some dental emergencies present as severe pain, not all are painful. If a tooth is at risk, it’s a dental emergency, even if the affected tooth is not causing pain. In this case, you still need emergency dental care.
The following issues are all considered to be dental emergencies that need immediate attention:
Severe pain in the mouth or jaw
Abscessed tooth or serious infection that can lead to life-threatening conditions
Blood coming from a tooth or your gums
One or more loose teeth
Sudden extreme tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages
Painful swelling or inflammation
Toothaches that cause a swollen jaw or face
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, contact your dentist right away for immediate care.
Dental Issues That Are Not Emergencies
Some issues may be aggravating, but they’re not necessarily emergencies. In these instances, you can wait until the next day to go to the dentist. These include:
How do you know what to do when you have a dental emergency? Follow these steps to get the care you need:
Call Dr. Bryce Eagar‘s office. If they can’t give you the care you need right away, they will refer you to a dentist who can help
Remember that an abscessed tooth may be life-threatening. In this case, go to the emergency room if you can’t get an immediate appointment with your dentist
If a tooth falls out or is knocked out, try to keep it in the empty socket if possible. Use moistened gauze to hold it in place. Another option is to put the tooth in a glass of milk to preserve it until you can get to the dentist