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How to Know When You’re Having a Dental Emergency

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Knowing the difference between a dental issue that requires an appointment and a serious problem that calls for immediate emergency intervention is extremely important. 

Making the wrong call can cost you a tooth and contribute to other serious health complications. 

Signs of an Emergency Situation

Most adults have experienced at least one toothache by the time they’ve reached adulthood. Most of the time toothaches are mild and go away on their own after an hour or so. 

Maybe you were accidentally elbowed in the face at a sports event, resulting in a few small spots of blood on a napkin. If there’s no serious pain or swelling, and you don’t have a loose tooth, this is probably not an emergency. 

However, if you’re in agony, your dental issue should be looked at right away. Signs of dental emergencies include: 

  • Agonizing pain
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Face swelling
  • Fever
  • Gum swelling
  • Lost tooth

Signs That Your Dental Issue Can Wait

If you’re experiencing only minor discomfort that’s not associated with a fever or swelling, you can usually wait a few days before seeing your dentist. This is true even if you have a minor crack in your tooth or a loose or missing crown. 

Basically, you can usually wait to see your dentist if the pain is manageable, and there is no fever, swelling, or excessive bleeding.  

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be agonizing, and abscesses or other dental infections cause most of these emergencies.

Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is the best thing you can do for your oral health. These practices will go a long way toward preventing future dental emergencies.

If you need emergency services in Midwest City, OK or want to schedule a preventative check up, contact our office today.