What Type of Dental Issues Count as a Dental Emergency?

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When you start to feel a toothache coming on — or have any other unusual dental or oral symptoms — one of your first questions may be whether or not you should call your dentist. In some cases, tooth pain may come and go, and minor dental issues can be resolved with at-home care, but there are certainly times when a change in your dental health and wellness warrants immediate evaluation and treatment. At Sunshine Dental in Corona, CA, experienced dentist Dr. Bhavik Bhakta provides a complete range of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services — as well as emergency dental care when needed. With appointments available on Saturdays, our team is dedicated to ensuring your comfort and oral health even when faced with a dental emergency. Keep reading to find some of the most common signs, symptoms, and scenarios that may mean an emergency dental appointment is right for you.

When is a toothache considered an emergency?

Dental pain or tooth pain is a common occurrence and can be triggered by a number of factors, some of which are more serious than others. For example, pain that comes on suddenly and quickly resolves — like that associated with sensitivity to cold foods and beverages — is not typically something to worry about. When pain is more severe, worsens over time, or becomes recurrent, there may be something worth exploring further.

How do I know if I have a dental emergency?

Anytime you experience changes in your dental health or comfort, it is important to let your dentist know so that you can be evaluated for underlying conditions that, left untreated, can worsen — like periodontal disease, infection, decay, and others. While minor and temporary dental pain, tooth sensitivity, and cosmetic changes may not need immediate intervention, there are some issues that should be considered dental emergencies and warrant a more rapid evaluation and treatment to avoid more extensive damage, more severe symptoms, and other problems. Some of the most common examples of dental emergencies seen by Dr. Bhakta include:

  • Loose adult tooth (or losing an adult tooth)
  • Adult tooth knocked out
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Prolonged tooth pain
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Severely swollen gums
  • Gums that won’t stop bleeding
  • Dental crown fell off

If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, please call our office right away. If you are experiencing additional symptoms, like fever, nausea, vomiting, heavy bleeding, intolerable pain, or loss of consciousness associated with your dental issue, please visit your nearest ER or urgent care as soon as possible.

Can you save a lost adult tooth?

When a permanent tooth gets knocked out, it may be possible to “save” the tooth when immediate care is administered. If you have lost an adult tooth in Corona, CA, please call our office to schedule an emergency dental appointment.

Get the care you deserve with an emergency dentist visit in Corona, CA

At Sunshine Dental, our caring team understands how serious and frightening an emergency dental problem can be, and we are committed to providing the highest level of care possible to ensure our patients’ comfort and long-term oral health. If you are experiencing a dental emergency or have questions about what is considered a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to call and schedule an appointment with Corona, CA dentist Dr. Bhavik Bhakta today.

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