Everyone dreads a dental emergency. But they don’t have to be as scary when you know what to do ahead of time. In general, a dental emergency means that you have a severe toothache, knocked-out tooth, or a deep crack in your tooth that’s causing pain.
If you aren’t sure if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call our office anyways. Even if you don’t need urgent dental care, it’s still important for us to determine what’s causing your dental pain.
Here's what you need to know about each type of dental emergency.
Don’t ignore a toothache! Pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong.
Often a severe toothache indicates a deeper underlying problem. For example, you may have an infected tooth that needs an emergency root canal. That’s why it’s important that you call our office as soon as possible for a severe toothache.
While a mild toothache can wait a few days, a severe toothache needs immediate attention. During your emergency appointment, we'll examine the inside of your mouth. We may also take X-rays to determine the source of your dental pain.
Armed with this information, Dr. Langellier will be able to create a custom treatment plan to restore your oral health.
A deep crack in your tooth is very painful and requires immediate care. Once the crack extends to the tooth’s root, your only option will be to extract the tooth. That’s why it’s so important that you call our office at the first twinge of dental pain.
If we catch a crack in your tooth early we can treat it with a crown or root canal. The longer you wait to schedule an appointment, the crack will get larger until your tooth is no longer salvageable.
You may have a cracked tooth if you experience sensitivity to heat and cold. You may also feel pain and discomfort while chewing. Either of these symptoms requires a call to our office so we can diagnose the source of your pain.
It’s best to see Dr. Langellier within 30 minutes of knocking out your tooth. The sooner you call our office the better our chances of re-implanting the tooth in your mouth. Don’t wait to seek emergency dental care!
There are many situations in which you can wait to see our dentist. For example, if you lost your dental crown Saturday evening, you can wait until Monday morning to see our dentist.
The above situations aren’t “emergencies” per se. But it’s still important that you schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible. That way, Dr. Langellier will be able to diagnose and treat the source of your pain before it worsens.