Unfortunately, dental emergencies can happen to anyone and they’re not only restricted to occur during convenient hours. If you’ve ever felt tooth pain after your dentist’s office closes, you probably understand. That’s why there are dentists – like Dr. Hofkes at Cerritos Dental Surgery – who are there for you 24 hours of the day 7 days a week when it’s an emergency. But, what constitutes a ‘dental emergency?’ You may be surprised, but not all tooth sensitivities and aches need immediate attention. On the other hand though, there are several reasons you may need to contact your emergency dentist – let’s go over the top 3.
Accidents happen, that’s why they’re called “accidents.” But, when these accidents happen in the form of trauma to your face – they can affect your mouth and teeth, too. Unfortunately, your teeth may not be able to withstand the injury and could crack, break, or even fall out completely. If this happens to you, call your emergency dentist immediately.
Severe Tooth Pain
Whether it comes and goes or remains constant, a severe toothache isn’t anything to ignore. Often times, it’s a sign of a greater problems (like an infection). Without immediate treatment, the infection (assuming that is what’s causing your toothache) can worsen – and quickly. However, your symptoms will likely indicate the severity of your infection to your dentist and could potentially wait until normal operating hours – unless you’re dealing with an abscess.
Broken Dental Appliance
Dental appliances include everything from bridges and crowns, to orthodontics and mouthguards. If you’re dealing with a broken dental appliance, your teeth could become susceptible to more damage without immediate treatment. Don’t hesitate to contact your dentist!