If you are surprised by finding something unusual going on in your mouth, then calling your dentist as soon as possible is a natural reaction. There are some dental “emergencies,” however, that can wait a few days until a convenient appointment time opens up. When do you drop everything and run to the dentist? When you have some time on your side? These guidelines can help.
Wait it out – some discomfort is connected to sensitivity from receding gums, or several teeth may ache because of strong clenching habits.
Call the dentist – severe, or lingering pain, especially if it is connected to temperature changes or bite-pressure, or if it is focused to one particular tooth.
Wait it out – some bleeding on brushing and flossing can be a simple indicator of gingivitis. This is reversed with proper oral hygiene, and a routine dental cleaning.
Call the dentist – if there is nonstop bleeding following a dental procedure or surgery.
Lost filling/crown or fractured tooth:
Wait it out, but not for long – if the damaged area is not sensitive, you may be able to wait, but no longer than a couple of weeks to have the area restored. Never ignore a damaged tooth for long, even if it doesn’t bother you.
Call the dentist RIGHT AWAY – swelling of the cheek, jaw, or noticing any single spots of swelling on your gums could be a sign of dental abscess.
Visit your dentist regularly for routine exams to stay informed of your dental needs. Your dental team is always ready to answer your questions!
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