3 Signs That Mean It's Time to Call an Emergency Dentist Now
There’s no question that a dental emergency can turn your life upside down. It can seem that one moment everything’s going along fine, then suddenly that little twinge you’ve been feeling turns into a full-blown toothache.
If this has happened to you, you know that your first and only priority was to get relief from the pain and the worry that there’s a problem with your oral health. No one needs to tell you to call the dentist when you’re in heart-stopping pain, but what about other emergencies?
Tooth Pain of Any Kind
Whether it’s a twinge, a tingle, or a throb, you need to see your emergency dentist for treatment right away. Don’t ignore mild tooth pain because it’s your body’s way of telling you that trouble is brewing that needs your immediate attention. By the time you have a severe toothache, the filling that would have resolved it three months ago has turned into a root canal.
If you’ve ever tried to ride out the pain hoping it will go away, it won’t. Call your dentist right away and save yourself the pain and potential damage to your oral health.
Loose or Knocked-Out Tooth
The loss of a permanent tooth is usually the result of an injury, but an untreated gum infection can also loosen a tooth or cause it to come out. If you have a knocked-out tooth, keep it moist in a container of milk, water, or even saliva. Getting to your dentist immediately is crucial because there’s a small window of time in which a knocked-out tooth can be successfully replaced back in its socket.
Lost Crown or Filling
These are both common emergencies, and even though they don’t typically cause pain, you need arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible. A lost crown or filling weakens the tooth and exposes it to further damage and decay, so it needs to be protected.
At the office of Dr. Lucio Kim, we always leave time in our schedule for our emergency patients. Please don’t delay in calling us if you have an urgent problem or just have concerns. We’re here when you need us!