A dental emergency can describe a variety of different situations, such as a sudden and severe toothache, an injury to your teeth or oral tissues, an injured jawbone, and more. In most cases, an emergency involves pain, discomfort, and dental damage that grows exponentially worse the longer it is left untreated. Most general dentists offer emergency appointments to help ensure that their patients can receive the care they need, when they need it. If you experience a dental emergency, then the faster you visit your dentist to address the problem, the faster you can relieve your discomfort and improve your chances of preserving your healthy, natural smile.
While some dental emergencies are obvious, such as severe damage to one or more teeth, others may not be so conspicuous. For instance, if you have a gradually increasing toothache, or if your tooth is damaged but you don’t immediately notice it, then you might not realize the urgency of the situation. If you are unsure if your condition constitutes a dental emergency, then call your dentist’s office to discuss your situation and decide if you should schedule a visit immediately.
Depending on the nature and severity of your dental emergency, your treatment may include a custom restoration to rebuild damaged tooth structure, or replace one or more lost teeth. After carefully examining the cause of your emergency, your dentist will work closely with you to determine an appropriate treatment plan, and to help you avoid experiencing another dental emergency in the future.