What constitutes a dental emergency? The dictionary says an emergency is an unforeseen crisis requiring immediate action. At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we think that’s about as good a definition as you’re going to find.
Here’s a quick summary of five common dental emergencies:
- A broken or chipped tooth. This certainly meets the standard of an emergency. Whether it’s the result of an injury, or because of brittle teeth, a broken or chipped tooth could lead to unwanted consequences if it is not treated promptly.
- Jaw injuries. If you’ve broken your jaw then a trip to the emergency room is probably in order. But a dentist should also be in the loop. He or she will evaluate your oral cavity and teeth to see whether they have also sustained damage.
- Severe toothache. The sooner treatment for a severe toothache begins, the better. A bad toothache could indicate tooth decay, and there could be an infection that threatens the tooth. The sooner treatment begins, the better the chances of saving the tooth.
- Bleeding gums. This may indicate gum disease. As with a toothache, prompt treatment is best. When it is caught and treated in its earliest stages, gum disease is curable. It is also preventable with brushing and flossing twice a day.
- Knocked out tooth. If you have a tooth knocked out, time is of the essence. Make a beeline for the nearest urgent dental care. If it is treated within an hour there is an excellent chance the tooth can be saved.
At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, emergency dentistry is an important part of what we do. People come to our office from Leduc, Camrose, and Ponoka for complete general dentistry services, and so much more. Call for an appointment with us today!