How Do I Know if I'm Having A Dental Emergency?

Life can be rather unpredictable at times, and once in a while accidents do happen. In many cases, these accidents are minor and are not much cause for concern, but what about your mouth? How do you know if what you’re experiencing is minor or if you’re having a real dental emergency?

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency exists when the health of your mouth is at immediate risk. In these situations, you should contact an experienced emergency dentist like Dr. David E. Willey right away to get the dental care you need to safeguard your mouth and save your teeth.

Signs you are experiencing a dental emergency

Minor concerns such as a chipped tooth do not always need attention from an emergency dentist, and you can usually wait until normal business hours to make an appointment to be seen. Typically, these minor concerns include cavities, hitting a tooth, and experiencing a dull ache in your jaw or slightly red gums. However, there are several indications that you need to contact a dentist right away.

If your gums are swollen, inflamed, and bleeding to the point that you need pain medication to bite, chew, or brush your teeth, this is likely an emergency. It is also an emergency if you experience a sharp, stabbing pain in a tooth when it’s exposed to hot or cold items or even to air. The following are other signs you are experiencing a dental emergency:

If you are experiencing any of these signs, contact our team in Sebring, Florida right away. Dr. Willey is here to help you get the care you need as quickly as possible!

How you can avoid a dental emergency

You can reduce your chances of having a dental emergency if you take some precautions. If you play sports or participate in similar activities, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. You can also protect teeth by not chewing on hard foods, such as ice, popcorn kernels, or candies, which can result in a cracked tooth. Also, use scissors to cut things when needed, never your teeth! And, of course, engage in a daily routine of brushing and flossing.

What to expect with emergency dentistry

If you have experienced dental trauma and are going through a dental emergency, we understand that you may feel stressed, anxious, or even frightened. We want you to know, first and foremost, that our team is here to help you. When you come into our office, we will start by assessing your dental condition. This will help Dr. Willey determine the best treatment for you and your smile.

Before we perform any treatment, we will always discuss our recommendations and solutions with you, so you understand what to expect. Treatments will vary depending on the severity of the condition and the needs of your smile, but treatments may range from root canals to restorations to tooth replacement. Dr. Willey and our team will be able to provide you with the specifics when you arrive for treatment.

Do you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency? Contact us now!

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