When it comes to dental emergencies, immediate action is usually necessary to address severe pain, discomfort, or trauma to the mouth. According to American Family Physician, about 22 percent of people reported experiencing oral pain in the past six months, showing how common dental emergencies can be. If you are facing a dental emergency, time is of the essence to prevent the situation from worsening. A dental emergency can include anything from unexpected and severe pain caused by a large tooth decay, a broken tooth, or a dislodged or fractured tooth.
Exposed nerves can be an excruciating experience that will only worsen if you wait to see your dentist. To prevent infections, further nerve damage, or more extensive emergency dental treatments, seek immediate dental care as soon as possible. Some emergency rooms or urgent dental care clinics are open 24 hours a day to help patients with immediate needs. Same-Day Appointments are also available at 84 8-SMILE-NOW.
High-quality preventive care can help keep some problems at bay, but dental emergencies can still occur.