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Can Dental Emergencies Wait?

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A dental emergency is not a fun experience, but with the right know-how, you can address it quickly and without long-term issues. What counts as an emergency? And is there ever a situation where an emergency can wait?

What Are Dental Emergencies?

Cracked or broken teeth, tooth infections, broken crowns or fillings, and knocked-out teeth are common dental emergencies. Sometimes it will be obvious what the problem is (like a knocked-out tooth), but other times, you might not be sure. Symptoms of problems include increased tooth sensitivity, pain when you bite down, persistent and throbbing tooth pain, or gum swelling.

Should I Go to a Hospital for a Dental Emergency?

Doctors in emergency rooms aren’t trained to fix dental problems. Emergency dentists, on the other hand, are here to treat any serious issue affecting your teeth, gums, or jaw. Save the number of an emergency dentist on your phone so if the time comes, you can call right away.

Can an Emergency Wait?

Emergencies need immediate attention. That’s clear for problems like a knocked-out tooth, but you might wonder if a cracked tooth or broken crown is that big of a deal. You may not feel pain, but food particles and bacteria can get inside the cracks. This can result in an infection. It’s important to contact us right away to make an appointment.

Emergency Dental Care at Edgewater Dental Arts

If you aren’t sure if your dental issue is an emergency, it’s best to call and get our advice. After hearing about your symptoms, we can let you know if you should come in right away or if the issue can wait a few days. Dental emergencies can be scary, but our team is here to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible! If you have any questions about emergency care, please reach out.

Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.