What Is a Dental Emergency?

Sometimes, dental issues may need immediate attention, in which case you should not wait for a regular appointment.

Luckily, many practices offer emergency dental services, which can allow you to protect your oral health in moments when you may need it most.

But how do you know if you’re going through a dental emergency? Keep reading to find out the signs.

A Dental Emergency Explained

Dental emergencies refer to any oral health concern that requires immediate attention in order to save a tooth or prevent a serious complication.

Common examples of an oral health emergency can include:

  • Knocked-out teeth - If done right away, a dentist may be able to put the tooth back in its socket and prevent permanent tooth loss;
  • High levels of pain - Toothaches rarely go away on their own, and even if they do, often it’s a sign that a tooth has died. Your tooth could be hurting because of a large cavity or even an infection, which will require immediate oral health intervention to prevent complications;
  • Oral bleeding - Whether it’s due to gum disease, biting your tongue or cheek, bleeding that seems to be getting worse is a clear sign you need emergency dental health appointments;
  • Tooth fractures - A lot of the time, a fractured tooth may not be an emergency. But if you’re also experiencing a lot of swelling and pain, then it's best to contact a dentist right away.

In general, any time you’re experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort, it’s a good idea to at least get in touch with a Windsor emergency dentist and see whether you should come in for an immediate appointment.

What to Do In Case of a Dental Emergency

If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, follow these steps:

  • Stay calm - Try to control your breathing and calm yourself down so that you can properly assess the situation;
  • Call a dentist - Dr. Daniel Banks and Dr. Jacob Dunham are available for emergency consultations. They can help provide you with a bit more information on what to do before your appointment, such as how to control bleeding or how to properly store a knocked-out tooth;
  • Come to your appointment - If your symptoms seem to be getting better, you should still see the dentist. They can always flare up again later on;
  • Follow through with your treatment - Unfortunately, you may not get the dental issue fixed in just one appointment. If you need more extensive treatment, be sure to follow the dentist’s recommendation to the letter to make sure your oral health is restored.

Call Water Valley Dental Now

If you are dealing with an oral health emergency, Dr. Daniel Banks and Dr. Jacob Dunham can see you right away.

Call us at (970) 460-8989 right now to find out more.

For a regular consultation, book your visit at Water Valley Dental online.

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