What is considered a dental emergency?

dental emergency Sterling HeightsEven if you take good care of your oral health, you might still require emergency dental treatment. A dental emergency could include broken or knocked out teeth, painful toothaches, and loose or lost restorations. As a general rule of thumb, a dental emergency means that you require immediate treatment. When a dental crisis arises, our dentist offers same-day and next-day treatment.

What should I do if I have a bad toothache?

If you develop sharp and severe tooth pain, you should call our practice as soon as possible. A toothache is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong.

Inside our teeth are nerves. When teeth are badly decayed or broken, bacteria and debris can travel to the innermost structures of teeth and inflame nerve endings. This can produce intense pain and discomfort. While over the counter pain medicine can relieve some symptoms, a tooth will still require professional intervention.

Prolonging care could lead to infections or even the loss of your tooth. If your tooth pain suddenly subsides, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the clear. It could means that the nerve within a tooth has died. This is why it’s important to seek professional treatment as soon as you notice painful symptoms.

Is a loose or broken restoration a dental emergency?

Loose, broken, and lost restorations are considered a dental emergency. Restorations protect damaged dental structures from infection-causing bacteria and other irritants. Leaving vulnerable teeth exposed could lead to serious oral health complications. If you notice that restorations like filings and crowns are broken, loose, or lost, call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out or broken?

Blunt force to the face could knock out or dislodge a tooth. Teeth that have been weakened by wear or disease can easily chip or crack, too. If you have a broken or knocked out tooth, it is important to schedule an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible. In some cases, knocked out and broken teeth can be saved.

If you’re suffering with a dental emergency, call Forever Young Dentistry to speak with a helpful member of our team.