There is no doubt that there can often be an issue when it comes to our teeth and the pain that it can cause can be unbearable. Not all of us can cope with dental pain, and in some cases, you may need to seek the help of an emergency dentist within your community. However, what is an emergency dentist and when would you need their help? An emergency dentist is someone on hand to deal with an issue caused by teeth or your mouth that won’t be able to wait to be treated at the next available appointment. They work out of hours and are on hand to assist in emergency situations. Some people are unsure as to what would be an emergency situation. With that in mind here is when you should call the emergency dentist and when you should wait for the next appointment. 


When might you need an emergency dentist?


There are situations where you may need an emergency dentist and often it can be hard to work out when you should call your emergency dentist. However, some people find teeth or mouth pain quite unbearable, so it can be tricky to understand when an emergency dentist might be needed, and when you may need to take painkillers and wait for the next available appointment. 


Here are some of the things to consider to help you decide if and when an emergency dentist might be able to help:


  • Feeling severe pain – Severe pain and bleeding are signs of an emergency.
  • Losing a tooth – Fast treatment can potentially save a tooth and enable you to feel yourself again.
  • Lost tooth already? – Adults should never lose teeth so this can be seen as an emergency . A loose tooth, even without pain, is a serious problem so make sure you see a dentist right away.
  • Are you concerned about infection – An abscess or serious infection in your mouth can be potentially life-threatening, and treatment should not wait. You may notice swelling or knots on your gums or swelling around the face. If in doubt, always get this sort of concern checked by an emergency dentist.
  • Blood from the mouth is not ideal – This is a potential sign of an emergency.


When you shouldn’t call an emergency dentist?


The main thing to discuss is when you won’t need emergency dentistry. This is when you should wait for the next available appointment.Consider the following guidance:


  • Chipped or cracked tooth that isn’t causing pain or damage in your mouth.
  • A toothache that isn’t severe.
  • If you have lost a crown or filling.
  • A loss of a child’s tooth may not be seen as an emergency if it has been knocked out fully. As long as there are no fragments in the mouth that can cause damage to other areas.


If in doubt you can always contact your local emergency dentist within your community who will be in the best position to advise whether they need to see you or not. 


Getting in touch with Tri-State Dental Care


If you think you need the help and assistance of an emergency dentist then you can get in touch with Tri-State Dental Care to get sorted with an emergency appointment. There are many ways that you can communicate with Tri-State Dental Care but if you are needing emergency assistance then contact by phone would be best. 


Call: (605) 242-7123


Get in touch today if you need some emergency assistance.