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Most dentists or health care centers will offer what’s known as emergency dental service. Typically, you don’t need an appointment as these places are reserved for last-minute situations in which the patient can’t wait to see their dentist. But some people might not be sure what constitutes a dental emergency. Learn when you should seek dental assistance right away and when you’re better off scheduling a routine appointment with your dentist.
Urgent Dental Emergencies
These kinds of situations warrant immediate dental assistance. They could indicate that something more serious is happening, or you may need to have your missing tooth replaced right away, so your gums and remaining teeth don’t move into the opening. Contact your local dentist’s office and tell them what happened and that you need assistance right away. They may give you special instructions, so it’s important to give them as much information as you can. Seek urgent care if experience any of the following:
- Excessive bleeding or bleeding that won’t stop
- Constant or unbearable tooth pain
- Losing a permanent, adult tooth
- Serious jaw pain or a jaw-related injury
Dental Issues That Can Wait
If you’re experiencing some minor pain or discomfort, you might not be experiencing a dental emergency. In some of these situations, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your dentist right away, but you can afford to wait a few days before visiting the dentist. If you’re not sure if you have a dental emergency, just tell the dentist what’s going on and why you’re concerned. They might tell you to come in right away or they might say that you’ll be fine for a couple of days.
- A minor toothache
- A missing crown, filling, or bracket
- Cracked or damaged tooth
- Food getting stuck between the teeth
If you’re looking for emergency dental service in the greater Philadelphia area, contact Highpoint Dental Medicine for immediate assistance.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
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