Written by: on March 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

shutterstock_240030535Emergencies never happen when it’s convenient – that’s why your dentist is available 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week. However, many patients struggle to determine whether their toothache or dental concern is considered an emergency. You certainly wouldn’t want to make a trip if you didn’t need to – so what constitutes an “emergency?” Some dental concerns – although painful – can be temporarily treated by home remedies until your dentist opens in the morning. However, others can immediately threaten the life of your tooth and should be seen by a professional as soon as possible.

Is Your Tooth In Immediate Danger?

There are many factors that can be life-threatening for your teeth – and unfortunately, we can’t control all of them. However, we can control our oral hygiene habits and how often we’re visiting the dentist – both of which are great preventive measures for contracting oral infections that could put your teeth in immediate danger if left untreated.

On the other hand, accidents happen – facial injuries can occur under many circumstances and can often be difficult to avoid. Typically, a chipped or minor crack in your tooth can wait until your dentist’s office opens in the morning. But, if the crack is severe or your tooth is completely knocked out (or hanging on by a thread) – do not hesitate to call your emergency dentist, even if their normal office hours are over.

What If You Have A Severe Toothache?

In many cases, toothaches are extremely painful – but they don’t always indicate immediate, life-threatening damage to your tooth. As a precaution, call your dentist – again, even if they aren’t open. If you’re dealing with an abscessed tooth, it can be extremely painful and definitely damaging. Calling your dentist (even if you have to leave a voicemail) will help to differentiate between a dental problem that can wait and one that can’t.

Catogories: Dental Emergencies

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