what is considered to be a dental emergency? the 5 most common emergencies
Accidents happen. And when you’re having a dental emergency, it’s important to get help as soon as possible. But you may be wondering. What’s really considered to be a dental emergency? Do you really need same-day care from Dr. Inna Solovey at Smileform Dentistry? To find out, learn more about the five most common dental emergencies below.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If you’ve got a toothache, you may have a cavity that requires a filling, or even an infected tooth that may require root canal therapy. No matter the cause, it’s important to come to Smileform Dentistry for a diagnosis and to get the care you need to get out of pain.
2. CHIPPED, CRACKED, AND BROKEN TEETH
Whether you break your tooth in an accident, by biting down on something hard, or when playing sports, tooth damage is a serious emergency. Damaged teeth cause lots of pain, and are susceptible to infections. If your tooth is damaged, give our team a call to schedule a same-day appointment right away.
3. LOOSE OR AVULSED (KNOCKED-OUT) TEETH
Teeth can become loose due to oral injuries, or even due to oral health issues like untreated gum (periodontal) disease. If you’ve got one or more loose teeth, you need to come to our office ASAP for treatment.
The same is true if your tooth is knocked out. Your tooth must be put back into the socket and splinted into place within 1-2 hours to save it. If you’ve lost a tooth, recover it right away. Put it into a container of cold milk, and call Smileform Dentistry to let us know that you’re coming in for treatment. We’ll see you as soon as we can.
4. DAMAGED OR LOST DENTAL WORK
If you lose or damage a dental crown, filling, or any other piece of dental work, this is also an emergency. Though this is not quite as serious as damaging or knocking out a tooth, you should still come in for emergency care as soon as you can.
That’s because losing dental work may expose your vulnerable enamel to further decay, infections, and other complications. You’ll need to have your dental work repaired or replaced to protect and maintain your oral health.
5. GUM ABSCESS
Gum abscesses are infections that happen between the teeth and gums. They can be caused by poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or even a stuck piece of food that you can’t get out of your teeth.
Abscesses can cause extreme oral pain, and may even progress to sepsis, which is a potentially-fatal reaction that your body has in response to an infection. While this is rare, it’s still important to get help right away if you’re feeling a lot of oral pain and you think that you may have a gum abscess.
IS YOUR SITUATION AN EMERGENCY? CALL SMILEFORM DENTISTRY NOW AND FIND OUT!
While we’ve discussed a few of the most common emergencies above, lots of other things count as a dental emergency. Not sure if your situation counts? Just give us a call at (267) 692-2922 to speak to the Smileform Dentistry team.
Dr. Solovey offers same-day emergency dental care in Newtown Square and the surrounding areas. We can learn a little more about your situation, and if you need immediate treatment, we’ll fit you in ASAP. Contact us now, and get the emergency dental treatment you need today.