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What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are caused by trauma to the mouth or infection. If you encounter any type of dental emergency, call to schedule a same-day appointment with us immediately.

What is a Dental Emergency?

As dental professionals, we would always advise that the best way to preempt any dental emergency is preventative dental care like regular dental checkups & teeth cleaning. However dental problems can occur at any time and at times the patients do not know how urgent is the issue that they experience. Can they postpone the treatment for a few hours or a few days or should they run to the nearby emergency dental clinic right away?

Usually, there are few ways to tell if your problem is an emergency that needs treatment right away. For example, if you lost or broke a tooth, the best thing is to schedule your emergency dental care visit. If you have a toothache, it is a good idea to call a dentist immediately.

Some issues that may seem like emergencies do not necessarily require urgent dental care. If you have a chipped tooth without pain or severe bleeding, you might be able to wait a few days before seeing a dentist. By all means, schedule an appointment right away, but do not worry if it is a couple of days before your dental provider can see you.

The same is true if you have slight sensitivity that causes minor discomfort, and that does not interfere with your daily activities. You will most likely be able to wait a few days before you see a dentist without the discomfort causing extreme distress.

That said, a dental concern can become an emergency if you do not see a dentist for treatment in a timely manner. If you do have any pain or discomfort in your mouth, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist sooner rather than later.

Symptoms of Dental Emergencies

Dental emergency typically requires urgent dental care. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below call your dentist right away. These symptoms worsen very fast and you may end up looking for “24-hour dental care near me” before the day ends.

    • Dull toothache with sensitivity to hot and cold
    • Severe toothache or any other dental pain
    • Gum bleeding that does not stop
    • Swelling in the gums
    • Locking of the jaw, making it difficult to open or close your mouth

Types of Dental Emergencies

The most common dental emergencies range from abscesses or infections, including swollen gums, to tooth trauma and cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, from toothaches and jaw pain to lost fillings, crowns, and bridges. Read on for details.

  • Abscesses
  • Infections
  • Trauma
  • Cracked, Chipped, and Broken Teeth
  • Lost or Damaged Restorations

Getting Urgent Dental Care in Calgary

If you do experience a dental emergency, the quicker you take action, the better. Even if you are not sure if you have an emergency at hand, it is a good idea to call a dental professional. You can explain your issue to the dentist, and they will let you know if you need treatment immediately or if you can wait a day or two.

A missing tooth or extreme toothache can’t wait. At Cityscape Square Dental, we understand the importance of moving quickly and providing patients with the immediate, emergency care that they need. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call (403) 222-0470 or book online to discuss your injury, schedule an appointment and get the treatment necessary as soon as possible.

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