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When Does a Dental Problem become an Emergency?

January 29, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Jessica Sinick
Emergency Dental Work | Medina, OH

You had a little toothache that came and went so you ignored it. Now it’s a big toothache, and it’s here to stay.

Pain your tooth, whether it tingles or throbs, is a sign that something is going on that needs attention. It’s clear that you need to see your emergency dentists in Summerville as soon as possible, but what about other dental problems? At what point do you have an emergency?

If It Bothers You, Call Your Dentist!

Your dentist doesn’t want you to spend precious time deciding whether or not you have a “real” emergency. But there are degrees of emergencies, and it’s helpful to know which is which. Critical emergencies that need immediate attention are:

  • Knocked-out tooth – A knocked-out tooth is the most critical emergency because there’s a window of just a few hours in which we have a chance of saving it. Handle the tooth by the crown only and take care not to touch or disturb the root. Keep the tooth moist in a container of milk, water, or saliva until you get to your dentist’s office.
  • Severe pain – Severe pain that makes it hard to function is another critical emergency because you need relief, and you need it fast. Alert your dentist and try over-the-counter pain medications and a cold compress to reduce your discomfort.

Emergencies to Treat As Soon as Possible

A mild toothache – Just because it’s not throbbing yet doesn’t mean it’s not an emergency. Call your emergency dentist in Summerville to make an appointment.

Lost crown or filling – Losing a crown or filling can be upsetting and uncomfortable, but unless it’s painful, you may not need immediate help. Place the crown or filling pieces in a safe place and call your dentist.

Call Us So We Can Provide the Care You Need

If you have any type of dental problem, please don't hesitate to call Sinick Family Dental and let us know. We’ll get you on our schedule as soon as possible and give you instructions for handling the problem until you get to our office.

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