Dental emergencies involve injuries to your teeth and mouth that pose an immediate, time-sensitive threat to your health. Dental emergencies are often painful, and most come as a complete surprise when you are least expecting them.
If you experience an injury that requires immediate treatment no matter what time of day it is, you have a dental emergency on your hands.
If you’re dealing with minor pain, bleeding, or sensitivity, or if you have a non-urgent issue with your mouth, then you don’t need an emergency dental appointment and can wait until the next business day.
What Is and Isn't a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies are typically:
- Broken teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
- Broken jaws
- Infected or abscessed teeth
- Excruciating toothaches
- The unexpected need for a tooth extraction
- Swelling, bleeding, or discolored teeth
- Broken or lost dental restorations, like a tooth crown, that expose the damaged tooth and render it painful or vulnerable to infection
Dental emergencies typically are not:
- Teeth that are mildly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures
- Gums that bleed while you floss or brush your teeth
- Broken orthodontic wires
- Minor toothaches that you can control for that day with an over-the-counter painkiller
- Loose dental fillings
- A cold sore or small cut on your tongue, lips, or cheek
Emergency Dentistry in Evansville, IN
The next time you have a dental emergency in Evansville, IN, please don’t hesitate to call us at (812) 402-7676.