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Anyone who has ever had a bad toothache knows the pain, it’s all you can think about and it keeps you up at night.  When toothaches are ignored they can lead to greater compilations such as root canals, extractions, or spread to your other teeth and gums. So how do you know what type of dental pain means you need to see your dentist ASAP?  

We are here to help you know what’s a dental emergency and what is not.

1.)    If you get hit in the mouth and can no longer chew or drink normally and without pain you need to get to the dentist.  This can be a sign that the hit has caused nerve damage. 

2.)   While this one might not always be painful it is important to visit your dentist or an emergency dentist if your tooth falls out.  Be sure to place your tooth or pieces of tooth in water, milk, or salt water.

3.)   Sudden tooth or jaw pain that feels sharp, pulsing, or a constant dull ache and not relieved by over the counter pain meds should not be ignored. 

4.)   If you have swelling, pain, and discharge around a tooth, this can be an infection and can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums if not addressed.

5.)   Severe pain after a tooth removal or other dental work that is not relieved by the medicine provided.  Let your dentist know immediately of your symptoms.

We all want our teeth and gums in tip top shape and experiencing issues can be cause for concern.  It’s important to always let your dentist know exactly what is going on and come in at least twice a year for a cleaning and check up. If you are experiencing anything you are unsure of call our office today and we will be happy to help!

Don’t let dental pain get you down, call our office today!

What is a dental emergency