If you’re experiencing some dental discomfort, be it low-intensity pain, sensitivity, or just noticing a change in the appearance of your teeth, you might be willing to wait a few days until the dentist can see you for a regular appointment.
But what happens if you can’t wait that long? Well, then you have emergency dental services to fall back on, which can help you get an appointment much faster. However, sometimes it can be difficult for patients to tell the difference between an urgent need, and one that can wait.
Here is a short guide that can help you figure out if you’re experiencing a dental emergency or not.
A dental emergency is any dental issue that either causes extreme discomfort or puts you at risk of permanent tooth damage or even tooth loss.
Some emergencies can be more noticeable than others. For example, if you fall and lose a tooth, you can easily make the call that it is a dental emergency. Seeing the dentist right away could mean the tooth can be replanted into its socket successfully, so you don’t lose it permanently.
Other cases might not be so easy to classify as an emergency. In these cases, people often delay getting dental treatments and needlessly increase their risk for tooth damage or tooth loss.
If you’re experiencing a dental issue, check out for these signs to see if it’s actually an emergency. If it is, contact a dentist right away for an appointment:
If you think you have a dental emergency, we at Lakeside Dental are here to help.
Book an appointment with Dr. Joseph Blalock as soon as possible!