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How to Recognize a Dental Emergency

March 23, 2020
Posted By: Harlow Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
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At Harlow Dental, we believe in treating dental emergencies promptly, and we always recommend contacting our dental office at the first signs of an emergency situation. A member of our team will provide instructions—whether to come in or utilize a specific at-home treatment.

During your emergency, it is always our goal to relieve your pain and stop the progression of any oral health condition that may claim your smile or oral health.

Recognizing a Dental Emergency

There are all types of dental emergencies, but the most common is probably a toothache, often the result of a root infection.

In this case, your dentist in Charlotte numbs the area, removes the infected root and pulp, and closes with a healing agent and temporary filling. This gentle treatment brings instant relief. However, you may experience mild discomfort for a day or two following root canal treatment. After a week or two, we ask you to come back in for a permanent filling or a dental crown.

Signs of a root infection include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Blister on the gum

Other dental emergencies may be injurious in nature, such as:

  • Tooth or restoration knocked loose or out
  • Broken denture or appliance
  • Soft tissue injury

In our Charlotte, NC dental office, we consider your pain a dental emergency and will always work hard to get you into our office as soon as possible.

Dental Issues that Can Wait

A minor tooth chip or bump to the mouth that does not produce pain, a loose tooth, or more than a whisper of blood can probably wait a day or two. However, we recommend contacting a member of our team to be sure.

We Are Here for Your Dental Emergency

If you suffer an impact trauma, we recommend going to the hospital. You can contact your emergency dentist in Charlotte after the stabilization of your injury. We always want you to be safe.

If you have a toothache or other oral health concerns, contact a member of our team today.

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