Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wondered whether or not the tooth pain or dental problem you were experiencing actually warranted itself as an “emergency?” If you have, you’re not alone. A lot of people are sometimes uncertain as to whether they should wait out their dental pain or call the dentist right away.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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If pain is making it where you are unable to eat, drink, or even open and close your mouth – then you need to see a dentist. There could be a severe infection present that requires treatment with medication before dental treatment is even started.

Is it embarrassing?

Did you break a front tooth or have a crown fall off that makes it impossible to talk to other people in public? Do you have to hide behind your smile so that other people don’t see that something is wrong? Fractured teeth need to be addressed as quickly as possible – otherwise the tooth may face irreversible, long – term damage. You owe it to yourself to call, if nothing else at least for the peace of mind.

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If you’re still not sure whether or not your condition is an urgent one, ask yourself “Can I go to work like this?” or, “Could I send my child to school like this?” If the answer is no – then you know you need to seek dental care immediately.

Having a trustworthy dentist is extremely important for your family. You need someone that you can call, who will make every effort to see you quickly or at least make arrangements to ensure your comfort until you can get into the office. Don’t put your emergency off, it could mean more problems later on! Give us a call as quickly as possible.

Have Questions? Please don’t hesitate to make an appointment and talk with your dentist. Contact us today!


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