How Do I Know I Am Having A Dental Emergency?

October 18, 2023

When it comes to dental emergencies, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether the situation warrants immediate attention or if it can wait until regular office hours. Dental emergencies can be painful, alarming, and often require prompt treatment to relieve your pain and prevent further complications. In this blog post, we will discuss some common signs and symptoms of dental emergencies, helping you understand when it's time to seek urgent dental care.

 Severe Toothache or Pain

A sudden and intense toothache or persistent pain in your tooth can be a sign of a dental emergency. Toothaches can be caused by various issues, including tooth decay, infection, or a dental abscess. If the pain is severe, throbbing, or accompanied by swelling, it's crucial to seek immediate dental care.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you've had a tooth knocked out due to an accident or injury, time is of the essence. The chances of saving a knocked-out tooth decrease significantly after the first hour. Rinse the tooth gently with water, avoiding touching the roots, and gently try to place it back into the socket, but don’t force it. If that's not possible, keep the tooth moist by placing it in a container of milk or saliva and seek emergency dental care right away. If treated in time, the tooth has a chance of being saved and returned to it’s socket.

Broken or Fractured Tooth

A broken or fractured tooth can expose the sensitive nerves and pulp, leading to intense pain and potential infection. If you've chipped, cracked, or broken a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Contact your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a painful infection that forms around the tooth root or in the gums. They often look like a boil or pimple on the gums, and are a sign of a serious dental emergency. An abscess can cause severe throbbing pain, swelling, fever, and even difficulty swallowing or breathing. Dental abscesses are true emergencies, and require immediate attention, as the infection can spread to other parts of the body. Contact your dentist right away if you suspect a dental abscess.

We’re Here For You

If you're experiencing any of these dental emergencies or have any concerns about your oral health, don't hesitate to reach out to Gainesville Dentistry Co. Our team of experienced dentists, led by Dr. Feldman, is here to provide you with the urgent care you need when you need it most. We’ll get you out of pain and on the path towards renewed oral health. Call us at 352-88-SMILE (76453) to request an emergency appointment. Your dental health is our priority, and we're here to help you through any dental emergency. Don't wait, contact us today!

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