You have a toothache and want to be seen in your dentist’s office as soon as possible, but you have an appointment in two days. Do you wait it out until then or contact your dentist immediately?
Knowing the difference between a dental problem that can wait a few days and an issue that requires immediate emergency dentistry is vital. Deciding to wait can cost you a tooth and even compromise your health. Here’s how to identify real dental emergencies.
What to Watch for and When to Call
Toothaches are common, but severe infections and agonizing pain are emergencies. An untreated abscess or other dental infection can be life threatening. Symptoms include face and gum swelling, excruciating pain, and sometimes a fever.
A lost or loose tooth also means you should be seen immediately. The tooth can often be saved with timely intervention.
How to Know When Dental Issues Can Wait a Few Days
When there’s no swelling and the pain is moderate, dental issues can usually wait a day or two. After an accidental elbow to the jaw, when bleeding is limited to a few smears on a Kleenex and not accompanied by severe pain or swelling, this is generally not an emergency. Use the short checklist below to help you decide whether it’s okay to wait a day or two.
If the following information applies, it’s probably okay to wait:
- A chipped or cracked tooth without pain or
- A mild toothache without swelling or fever
- A broken crown or filling without pain or swelling
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies
The easiest way to avoid dental emergencies is good oral hygiene, wearing mouth guards when you play sports, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Prevention is key.
At Tyson Dentistry, we can create a custom treatment and prevention plan to keep your teeth healthy and help you avoid dental emergencies in the future.
If you think you have a dental emergency, contact Tyson’s Dentistry in Vienna, Va immediately and let us know what’s going on. Our skilled and caring emergency dentist Dr. Ardalan Sanati will have you feeling better in no time.