When Should I Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?
If you have any of the following, you should go straight to your local ER:
- Dislocated, fractured, or broken jaw
- Excessive bleeding that hasn’t stopped after 10 minutes
- Swelling in the mouth that’s hindering breathing or swallowing
For all other dental emergencies, come see us. Most ERs don’t have the proper staff or equipment to handle issues like toothaches, broken teeth, or lost crowns. By coming to us first, you’ll almost always save time, money, and hassle.
Will My Toothache Go Away On Its Own?
Many patients who are concerned about making a big deal out of nothing take a “wait and see” approach to dental pain. Unfortunately, this is often a terrible idea. Teeth can’t heal themselves, so leaving a toothache untreated to see if it will go away on its own will typically just allow the underlying issue to get worse. If you’ve been dealing with dental pain for more than 24 hours or if your pain is severe or distracting, don’t wait to give us a call.
What If I’m Not Sure If I’m Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
Not all dental emergencies are as easy to identify as a broken or knocked-out tooth. If you are unsure whether you need urgent dental care or not, we encourage you to give us a call anyways. We’ll be happy to help assess your situation over the phone to determine how urgently you need to be seen. Plus, we’ll also give you first-aid information for handling your symptoms at home until you can reach us.
Do I Need a Root Canal If I Have a Toothache?
There are many different issues that can cause toothaches! Your dental pain could be the result of a cavity, gum disease, worn enamel, damage you can’t see, or a wide range of other problems. Thankfully, this means that a root canal is not necessarily your only treatment option if you have a toothache. During your emergency exam, we’ll determine the cause of your discomfort to figure out the best way to address it.
However, if you do end up needing a root canal, we want you to know that you have nothing to fear. We use reliable numbing medication and the latest dental techniques to ensure this tooth-saving procedure is as efficient and painless as possible. In fact, most patients are pleasantly surprised to find that getting a root canal is no worse than getting a large filling!