It’s not always easy to tell if your pain or discomfort requires emergency dental care or if the symptoms can be subdued until your next appointment. To help you determine if you need to see an emergency dentist right away, we’d like to invite you to look over the following questions and answers and check out our emergency page for more information. As always, if you have any questions or you need to make an emergency appointment with our team, please call our front office at 704-663-7035.
Has Your Dental Pain Become Unbearable?
Mild toothaches usually indicate that there is something wrong with the tooth, but treatment can generally wait for an appointment that is made sometime soon. Aside from pain medication, you can try holding a cold compress to your cheek, or a home remedy like applying clove oil or vanilla extract to the tooth. If the pain ever becomes terrible, then that is considered a dental emergency, and you should seek treatment as soon as possible.
Are Your Gums or Jaw Swollen?
Swollen gums are not always a cause for concern, so it’s usually a good idea to try a few remedies at home before calling your emergency dentist. You can create a warm saltwater solution and swish it around your mouth to reduce the swelling or alternate between holding warm and cold compresses to your face. If your gums become severely swollen, or your jaw looks swollen, that can be a sign of a serious infection that needs to be treated immediately.
Is There Something Wedged in Between Your Teeth?
This is a less common situation, but should a foreign object ever become stuck in between your teeth or somewhere else in your mouth, our team can assist. Before you come in, try to use a piece of floss to gently pry the object loose. If it’s very painful or you are not able to do it, that’s when we recommend coming in. Whatever you do, do not yank on the object or use a sharp tool like a safety pin to free the object, as this could cause more damage.
Have You Been Involved in an Accident?
If a tooth has been knocked out or your gums are bleeding profusely, we recommend calling our office as soon as possible. Bleeding can sometimes be taken care of at home with a warm saltwater solution and holding a piece of gauze on the gums, but if it doesn’t subside after 10 to 15 minutes, you should contact our office. A broken or dislodged tooth is always an emergency, and time is of the essence when it comes to reattaching a knocked-out tooth.