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What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

December 11, 2020
Posted By: Harlow Dental
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A dental emergency can mean many things, which makes it difficult to pin down just one definition. However, we know that dental emergencies can be stressful!

In our dental office, we consider anything causing you pain or threatening your oral health a dental emergency.

Defining Dental Emergencies in Charlotte

We always encourage you to call our dental office if you’re unsure, but as a rule, we consider the following situations dental emergencies:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Broken restoration
  • Broken tooth
  • Tooth knocked out
  • Injury to soft tissue

In some cases, a chipped or cracked tooth or restoration that is not causing pain can wait a few days, but we would still prefer to see you sooner rather than later. A crack can leave you vulnerable to infection or further fracture.

A toothache or swelling, on the other hand, suggest infection and should always be investigated as soon as possible.

Lowering Your Risks for Dental Emergencies

Infection and deep decay are the most common dental emergencies. You can lower your risks for both by visiting your dentist every six months for dental exams and teeth cleanings. It is also important to brush and floss your teeth regularly and always before sleep. These habits lower your risks for cavities, root infections, dental emergencies, and periodontal disease.

Your dentist or hygienist can provide tips for at-home brushing and flossing that further mitigate your risks.

If you play sports or suffer from bruxism (grinding and clenching), talk to your dentist about mouthguards and nightguards to protect your teeth and soft tissues.

If You Suspect a Dental Emergency, Contact Us

Your emergency dentist in Charlotte is here to help you feel better as soon as possible. And your emergency appointment is geared toward comfort and restoring your oral health. Reach out to a friendly team member today for further instructions.

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