Is it Really a Dental Emergency?

Regular visits to your dentist in Windsor are key to building a healthy oral hygiene routine and creating a bright, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Regular dental visits are a great way of making sure that your mouth is in good health, as, on top of regular cleanings, these appointments give Dr. Dan Foresto and team the chance to catch a small problem before it becomes a major dental issue.

That’s why it’s so important to visit your dentist in between your regular check-ups if you’re experiencing any kind of dental issue. But what happens when those dental issues come up on the weekend or in the evening? Severe dental problems that develop outside normal office hours usually require treatment by an emergency dentist or even an emergency room visit. So, when do you know if your problem can wait until Monday morning, or if it requires emergency treatment right away?

Here are some signs that your problem needs immediate care:

  • Bad pain: Severe pain and bleeding mean you should seek emergency help.
  • Tooth loss: If you’ve lost a tooth, that’s an emergency – the sooner you get care, the more likely it can be saved.
  • Loose adult tooth: If your tooth is loose then something is wrong – seek treatment immediately.
  • Swelling: Swollen gums or faces could indicate an abscess or serious infection in your mouth. These are extremely painful, and   they could put your health, and even your life, at risk.
  • Blood: If you’re bleeding from the mouth, get help right away.

Common dental emergencies include:

  • Toothaches
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Knocking out a tooth
  • Losing a filling or crown
  • Broken orthodontics (braces, retainers, dentures)
  • Badly bitten lip or tongue

Ways to prevent dental emergencies:

  • Regular dental visits
  • Wear a mouthguard when you’re playing sports
  • Avoid chewy foods like caramels and toffee
  • Brush and floss after you eat

To put it simply, if you are in extreme pain, if you’re swollen, bleeding or have a loose or missing tooth, you are facing a dental emergency and should seek immediate care.

If you’re a patient of Dr. Dan Foresto and you’ve suffered a dental emergency and have gotten emergency help by another dental provider, give us a call today. It’s important to keep your regular dentist up to date on any care you’ve received, so our team can ensure your records are accurate as this helps us provide you with the best care available.

Call our team with any questions or to schedule an appointment today.

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