Dental Emergency in Lumberton

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What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?


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Did you know that oral diseases affect nearly 3.5 billion people? While many of these are largely preventable, some dental problems aren’t.

Some situations are too unforeseen and emergent. Whether that be having teeth knocked out from an accident or losing a filling while eating dinner, things just happen.

But, how do you know when to make that emergency phone call and when you can wait for a normal appointment date? We’ve got you covered.

Keep reading below to learn about the telltale signs that you have a dental emergency on your hands.

Extreme Pain

Not all pain is an emergency. If you’re experiencing unmanageable pain, it becomes an emergency.

You may have an unexplainable toothache that is an abscess. Not only is this severe, but it could also be life-threatening.

The pocket of pus causing an infection is painful. You may have the following symptoms as well:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Swelling in your face or jaw
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Sore lymph nodes

Other wildly painful tooth emergencies include exposed nerves and a broken jawline. To prevent further damage, see a dentist immediately.

Bleeding & Swelling

Bleeding from your gums without an obvious cause is a reason for concern. Uncontrollable bleeding qualifies as an emergency.

In these situations, normally the bleeding is accompanied by swelling. Even without uncontrollable bleeding, swollen, painful gums should be checked out as soon as possible.

There could be several underlying oral health issues that need speedy dental services. If the bleeding can’t be stopped, contact your dentist right away and request an emergency appointment.

If your normal dentist can’t see you, get into one that can. Many places keep emergency appointments available for situations like this.

Knocked Out Teeth

It’s jarring to have teeth knocked out of your mouth. It’s also incredibly important that you see a dentist immediately.

If seen fast enough, they may be able to save your teeth.

Reinserting your tooth isn’t just a cosmetic fix. You need your tooth back in its place to keep your other teeth from moving.

A gap causes your teeth to move. This weakens your entire jaw.

Follow these next instructions while waiting for your emergency appointment. They’ll help you save your teeth.

Rise your tooth, but be careful not to touch the root. Try reinserting it.

If it’s not going back into the socket, place the tooth in milk. The milk helps preserve your tooth and its pH balance.

Missing Fillings or Crowns

Without your filling or crown, your teeth are vulnerable to further breaking, chipping, and infection. Your nerves may even be exposed in certain situations.

As you now know, these exposed nerves are tremendously painful. Don’t wait to get in to see your dental professional.

Don’t Risk a Dental Emergency

If you’re in doubt and any of your symptoms match the ones above, call a dentist! It’s far better to be safe rather than sorry with a dental emergency.

Your overall health is more connected to your oral health than you know. Don’t risk your safety when many of these issues can easily be remedied.

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