When Do You Need Emergency Dental Care

by | Dec 28, 2017 | Blog

Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill” –

Johnson Carson.

Considering the fact that some dental issues just can’t wait for the right time, having your dentist’s phone number on speed dial is definitely a good idea.

Yes, certain tooth problems develop gradually but others occur suddenly, anytime and often without a warning!

Here’s where the confusion lies – how to know If the dental problem is minor or not? How can we know a particular issue needs emergency dental care? Following are some signs that say, ‘visit an emergency dentist now!’

Lost a Tooth

It’s common for kids to lose their first set of teeth and regain them soon after. Yet it is reason for concern if a permanent adult tooth gets knocked from a fall at home or injury on the sport’s field!

Whatever you do, don’t wait around for normal business hours to begin as not visiting your dentist could promote grounds for infection.

Most importantly, you could have the same tooth restored if you make it to the dentist immediately.

Bleeding and Aching Gums

It isn’t normal for gums to bleed after flossing. This often indicates signs of early gingivitis or gum disease!

Are you suffering from excessive bleeding from the gums? Are your gums aching for no reason at all? These are the most common signs of gum disease, prevented by regular and proper brushing and flossing techniques.

However aching and swollen gums are a concerning sign that your dentist will have to examine, the sooner is the better.

Bitter Taste in Mouth

Caught yourself complaining a number of times about a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth? Unless you have been licking pennies, this could mean there is a problem with your teeth!

This is a clear sign of a broken filling according to Silver Spring dentists. People who have older metal fillings are able to taste them if lose, cracked, or fall off.

It’s essential to have a broken filling fixed as soon as possible so it doesn’t turn into a bigger issue.

Headaches That Don’t Go Away

Headaches alone aren’t reason for (much) concern and comes from almost anywhere. Have you been experiencing a toothache as well as a headache that doesn’t go away? The two pains may be related! How so?

All nerves in the head, including the nerves from your teeth travel to the brain, which means there is plenty of cross connectivity. This is why it’s important to mention any chronic headaches to the emergency dentist because this pain may have something to do with a dental issue!

Emergency dentistry is only as good as the dentist professional that offers the service. Make sure you have the best in emergency dental care by calling ICC Smiles! Give us call today!

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