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What Would Be Considered a Dental Emergency?

August 13, 2022
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Posted By: Shiflett Family Dental
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A dental emergency in Columbus, OH, is an oral health situation that puts your teeth and gums at risk or causes pain. There are too many possible scenarios to consider them all, so if you're ever unsure, we recommend contacting a member of our dental team.

Meanwhile, let’s explore the most common or likely dental emergencies.

#1 Toothache or Increasing Tooth Sensitivity

A toothache or tooth sensitivity that worsens throughout the day typically means a root infection requiring root canal therapy. Without treatment, this infection can spread and put your smile and even your health at risk. Therefore, we urge you to contact our dental office as soon as possible to arrange an emergency dental visit.

#2 Tooth Breakage Due to Deep Decay

Without treatment, tooth decay worsens and compromises the structure of your tooth. Eventually, the tooth can fracture or crumble. With timely intervention, your dentist may be able to save the tooth with a dental crown. If the tooth cannot be saved, we can talk to you about extraction and tooth replacement.

#3 Oral Injury

An elbow to the mouth or the impact of a fly ball can dislodge a tooth. If you knock out a tooth, handle it by the crown only and keep it moist in a cup of water or saliva—do NOT use tap water. If seen within the hour, there's a chance your dentist can re-implant it in the socket. If not, we will talk to you about tooth replacement.

An oral injury may also include a dislodged or broken restoration. In this case, we must repair or restore the restoration to avoid infection.

Lowering Your Risks for Common Dental Emergencies

  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and teeth cleanings.
  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily or following each meal.
  • Wear the proper night guard if you are diagnosed with bruxism.
  • Wear the proper mouthguard if you compete in sports.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Columbus, OH

If you suspect a dental emergency, we encourage you to contact our dental team as soon as possible. So reach out today to get started.

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