While we all hope we never have to worry about a dental emergency, the fact is that sometimes things happen we just can’t predict. Whether it’s a tooth that’s been giving an ongoing issue or a sudden dental emergency that needs immediate attention, knowing when to call an emergency dentist (and who to call) can go a long way toward saving your teeth and protecting your oral health.
Here are a few reasons to call an emergency dentist:
- Pain – If you have a tooth or several teeth that are giving you ongoing pain and sensitivity, it may be important to call an emergency dentist to make sure there isn’t a larger underlying issue going on. Dental pain can be distracting and unmanageable in many cases, so being seen as soon as possible by an emergency dentist can help alleviate the pain and provide answers.
- Uncontrolled Bleeding – If you have uncontrolled bleeding from a tooth or your gums, calling an emergency dentist is crucial. They’ll want to make sure there isn’t an infection or damage to your teeth and gums. Getting the bleeding under control and treating the underlying cause will ensure you are back to your normal routine sooner rather than later.
- At-Risk Tooth or Teeth – An at-risk tooth is one that has sustained unexpected damage, such as being knocked loose, broken, or cracked. An emergency dentist can take measures to preserve your tooth or give you options to protect the surrounding teeth so that you have less pain and return to optimal oral health.
At the office of Paul D. Nifong, Jr., DDS, we know that a dental emergency can be scary. That’s why we offer around-the-clock care and have an emergency dentist on call 24/7 to address your questions and concerns. If you believe you have a dental emergency, call us today!