Most dentists include “emergency dental care” in their ads. So, if you’ve had a searing toothache for two days, is that considered an emergency? Should you hurry to call your dentist if you lost a filling or a crown? Here are some examples of dental conditions requiring prompt care.
1. Lost Tooth Due to Accident
Losing teeth might be a more obvious example of an emergency. According to WebMD, you might be able to restore knocked-out teeth if they are returned to the empty sockets within an hour. That requires an urgent call to the dentist and quick transport.
You can identify an abscess if you have a painful, pimple-like swelling on your gum. Since an abscess indicates an infection, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. Delaying treatment could cause harm to your teeth and gum tissue, and the infection could spread.
3. Broken or Chipped Teeth
If possible, find and save the broken pieces of the tooth. Then quickly call the dentist to set up an appointment, or ask if the office takes walk-in visits. If you’re near Prospect Park and 7th Avenue in Brooklyn, you might be able to stop in and get a quick tooth repair through a Park Slope cosmetic dentistry service.
4. Lost Fillings and Crowns
You could consider lost fillings and crowns emergencies due to the risk of pain and infection. First, you need to try to temporarily cover the exposed teeth. For a crown, try to put it back on the tooth until you can see the dentist. For a filling, you can cover it with dental cement (at drugstores) or try sugarless gum.
Even if you’re hesitating to call your dentist because you’re feeling ok after a tooth injury, it’s better to be cautious. Seeking treatment immediately for tooth pain and loss, damaged dental work, and possible infection may save you from more problems and expenses that could result from waiting.