Dental emergencies consist of a wide range of dental complications. While many people think of dental emergencies as only those caused by physical trauma, some are created by poor oral health.
Determining the difference between an actual dental emergency and something else may seem difficult, but it's not all too hard.
People generally associate any pain in their oral cavity with a dental emergency. While that's not a bad thought to have, not all dental pain is an emergency. For example, some people have sensitive teeth which cause them pain. Though sensitive teeth are a problem and it needs to be corrected, it isn't necessarily a dental emergency. The location of your pain and how it was caused is a good indication of whether or not you have a dental emergency.
What My Pain Says About My Oral Cavity
One of the most common pains people feel in regards to their mouth is in a particular tooth. This pain can be dull and aching to sharp and harsh. The latter is an indication that you have a dental emergency. In most cases of sharp pain in the mouth, there is a complication with tooth decay or even gum disease. These types of issues don't require same day attention, but we recommend coming to see us within a week.
Another type of pain you may feel in a dental emergency is in the jaw. If you've had an accident or physical trauma near the mouth, your jaw may hurt afterwards. People don't often associate the jaw with oral health. However, it plays a major role in it. If you have pain in your jaw after experiencing physical trauma, it's important to contact us.
A good rule of thumb to determine if you have a dental emergency or not is bleeding. Bleeding is an indication that something is wrong with your mouth. Bleeding in the oral cavity is usually caused by trauma to the gums. If you have abnormal bleeding, please contact us immediately.