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Don’t Ignore Dental Pain: We Offer Emergency Dental Care

Even though we’re still dealing with COVID-19 and we’re not doing cosmetic procedures, that doesn’t mean you should hesitate to call about dental emergencies. You don’t have to live in pain until the outbreak is over. Dental pain is often a sign of an emergency that can and should still be treated even during this challenging period.

Dental pain that lasts more than a day always warrants a call to the dentist, especially if it continues to worsen. There are several good reasons not to delay a call--not least of which is that you don’t want to be in pain any longer than necessary! The dentists at Dente Cosmetic Dentistry offer this helpful guide to know what’s considered a dental emergency and why you shouldn’t ignore one.

What’s considered dental pain

Anything from a pain in your gums to a knocked-out tooth can cause dental pain. Even a dislodged husk of popcorn can stick in your gums and eventually cause an infection. An abscess is a mass in your gums that’s tender to touch and has redness and swelling around it. This is almost always a sign of an infection that requires further treatment.

Other causes of dental pain that constitute emergencies include some of the following:

For toothaches, you can always try rinsing your mouth and taking Tylenol® at the recommended dosage for a day or so to see if the pain subsides. If it doesn’t, you should give the office a call.

Knocked-out teeth require emergency treatment

If your tooth is knocked out, always call without delay. Speedily dealing with this is often the difference in being able to save the tooth or not, and the sooner we can respond, the better.

You may have heard the advice to save the tooth in a glass of milk, and this isn’t just an old folk remedy. Make sure to save it and keep it moist, including any roots that may be attached. The more of the tooth you can preserve, the more likely that we can reattach it.

Cavities can become emergencies, too

Untreated dental caries (also known as cavities) can also cause dental pain, particularly if deep. While we may not treat them as we usually would, we usually choose an interim solution to fill the teeth. When the pandemic has passed, we’ll go back and do a permanent filling.

Poorly-done dental restorations, such as crowns or veneers, can also present emergencies. If you had such work done in the months before COVID-19 started and you’re experiencing pain, you can call us, no matter who performed the work.

You can do your part to prevent some dental emergencies. Continue to maintain good dental hygiene habits, like regular flossing and brushing your teeth. If you’re playing sports or engaged in rough play, make sure to wear a mouthguard. Avoid biting down on excessively hard foods. And never use your teeth to open anything; always use scissors instead.

Dental emergencies are a fact of life sometimes, and they rarely wait for convenient times to happen. Dental pain is very often a clue that something more serious is going on. We’re still here to provide emergency care. If you have dental pain, call our office or send us a message so you can get the care that you need.

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