What Is a Dental Emergency?

May 26, 2020 Grandville Dental Health Center

dental emergency Grandville MIDo you need immediate dental care? You may be suffering from a dental emergency. At Grandville Dental Health Center, we’re proud to have a dentist on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We’ll be here to help when you need us most.

But what is a dental emergency? When can you wait an extra day or two to see a dentist, and when is it dangerous to delay? 

Dental Emergency Examples

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), “Dental emergencies are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment.” Call our office immediately if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Infection in the mouth or facial trauma that threatens your ability to breathe
  • Dental abscess (looks like a pimple on the gums)
  • Severe toothache
  • Large, painful chip or crack in a tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth

You should see a dentist as soon as possible if you’re experiencing a dental emergency. Immediate treatment ensures that our dentists have every option available to them as they strive to save your teeth. The longer you wait, the fewer options we have for treatment.

How to Know If Your Pain Is Severe

You may think you can’t be experiencing a dental emergency if your only symptom is a severe toothache. However, pain is our best indicator that something’s not right. 

What starts as an annoying toothache could develop into something much more serious. Severe tooth pain can limit your ability to eat, talk, or even sleep. For children in particular, untreated toothaches can lead to undernourishment, speech problems, and other developmental issues. 

If the pain in your mouth is affecting your ability to lead a normal life, then it’s better to see a dentist sooner rather than later. Call our office so you can find relief as soon as possible.

Non-Emergency Dentistry

You may not be experiencing a dental emergency, but you may still need a fast dental response. There are parts of dentistry that are routine, such as six-month teeth cleanings, that can be scheduled far in advance. However, there are other issues where it’s best to be seen by a dentist within a few days at most so you can get the dental care you need.

If you’re experiencing any of the following, call our office today so we can schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible:

  • Mild toothache
  • Lost crown or filling
  • Small chip or crack in a tooth with little to no pain

Of course, some of these circumstances could turn into dental emergencies over time. For example, if you wake up the next day and your mild toothache is now severe, treat it like an emergency and call our office for a sooner appointment. If your lost crown or filling exposes jagged tooth edges that cut at your cheeks, you’ll probably need to be seen sooner rather than later.

Get Emergency Dental Care

Our Grandville, MI, emergency dentists are on call 24/7 so our patients don’t have to wait to get the emergency dental care they need. If you think you may be suffering from a dental emergency, don’t delay. Call Grandville Dental Health Center at (616) 531-0360, or contact us online.

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