What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is essentially any dental problem that requires immediate treatment. Whether that be to save a tooth, stop bleeding, or relieve severe pain.
Examples of dental emergencies include:
• A tooth that has been knocked out, cracked or fractured
• A tooth that is loose or misaligned and causing extreme pain and discomfort
• A severe abscess or infection
• An injury to the mouth tissue, i.e. punctures, tears, or lacerations to tongue, gums, or cheeks
These issues are very serious and can be dangerous… even life threatening. It is important to contact a dentist immediately if you are experiencing these problems or other emergency and urgent care services.
How to Determine If It Is a Dental Emergency
There are a number of instances that may qualify as a dental emergency. An easy way to determine whether what you are experiencing would be considered an emergency, answer the following questions:
• Are you in severe pain?
• Are any of your teeth loose or missing?
• Are you bleeding from your mouth?
• Do you have any swelling or bulges on your gums?
• Is there noticeable swelling on your facial area surrounding your mouth?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing a dental emergency. In this case, contact Lowcountry Dental Arts right away. In the event our office is closed, please leave a detailed message describing the issue so that we can contact you as soon as possible. It is important to describe the circumstances and the problem clearly.