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How Long Should I Wait to See an Emergency Dentist?

January 6, 2020
Posted By: Gentry Dental

A typical response for some people when it comes to dental emergencies is trying to wait it out to see if it resolves itself on its own. 

Unfortunately, dental pain or discomfort is a sign of a serious underlying issue that needs to be resolved by a dental professional. Unlike a headache or muscle cramp that can be painful but goes away on its own, tooth pain will only get worse. 

What Is a Dental Emergency?

While there are many different types of oral health emergencies, a good rule of thumb is any time you feel pain, severe headaches, or jaw pain. A dental emergency means you have experienced severe dental trauma, perhaps from a sports injury or accident that cracks, chips, fractures, or even displaced one or multiple teeth. Dental emergencies, as the name implies, often are serious situations that occur suddenly and may not be easy to recognize. 

Some dental emergencies may indicate an infection of the gums that has gone on for too long. Never wait to see your Charlotte dentist in hopes that the situation sorts itself out. 

Some dental emergencies include:

  • Sudden tooth loss from an accident or trauma
  • Severe tooth pain that does not go away
  • Sudden gum bleeding that does not go away
  • Filling or crown that has fallen off
  • Chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth
  • Sudden and severe jaw joint pain or headache

There are other forms of dental emergencies, but if you find that you are suffering from any of these symptoms, we highly recommend you seeking treatment while the window for effective treatment is open. Even modern dental technology and high-quality dental skills may not be able to stop a dental issue if it has gone on for too long. 

How Long Should I Wait to See an Emergency Dentist in 28210?

If you have lost a tooth during an emergency, we advise you to come to Gentry Dental within one hour of the trauma. Dr. Heather Gentry has a better chance of saving your tooth if we act fast. 

For this reason, we are available for emergency dentistry even after hours so that we can treat your smile and keep it healthy. 

If you even suspect you have a dental emergency, don't wait weeks to make an appointment. You have a better chance to heal your smile with minimal complications if you come in right away. If you don't know if your dental issue is considered an emergency, give us a call so we can go over your symptoms and provide aid over the phone. 



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