What is a Dental Emergency?

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In most cases, you can identify an emergency dental or oral issue by asking yourself any of the following:

  • Are you experiencing severe pain or bleeding?
  • Have you lost a tooth which could be saved with prompt treatment?
  • Do you have a loose adult tooth?
  • Are you showing signs of an infection, including fever, a foul smell or swelling around the gums or face.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should seek prompt emergency dental care.

What is a Dental Emergency?

It’s not uncommon for people to experience dental or oral pain from time to time. While some problems can wait, others demand timely attention to eliminate pain or prevent a potentially serious issue.

Emergency dental care is typically needed to address mouth trauma, broken teeth, loosened or broken fillings, or any problem that causes significant pain. With that said, it’s not always easy for patients to determine whether their specific affliction requires emergency dental care.

What Isn’t a Dental Emergency?

If your dental issue can wait a day or two, you don’t need dental emergency care. In some cases, problems that seem critical are actually less serious than patients think. For instance, if a cracked or chipped tooth doesn’t hurt and doesn’t have sharp fragments that could cause additional harm, you can wait to see your dentist during regular office hours. You also usually won’t need emergency treatment for a toothache, as long as the pain isn’t especially severe, and you don’t have any signs of an abscess, such as bumps on the gums, swelling of the face or a high fever.

If you have lost a filling or a crown has come off, you should plan on seeing your dentist in the next couple of days. For a loose crown ou can try to temporarily affix the crown back in place using over-the-counter dental cement or denture adhesive.

Tooth and Mouth Trauma

If your tooth becomes chipped or broken you should seek treatment as soon as possible. Repairing a chipped or broken tooth can be a time-sensitive matter.

Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This will help sanitize your mouth and provide some pain relief. Apply a cold compress to outside area of your face that covers where the broken tooth is. This will help keep down any swelling.

For chipped teeth, follow the same instructions. Chipped teeth aren’t always as serious as broken teeth. It may be that the dentist can file the tooth to get rid of any sharp edges. They can also apply a material that will fix the shape of the tooth and smooth out any sharp edges.

Emergency dental services we provide

Most of our patients at Now Care Dental come in for emergency dentistry, whether it’s a toothache or a broken tooth. If you’re in pain, but are unsure of the cause, we can perform a quick assessment, go over your options, and perform the treatment all in the same appointment. Some common dental emergencies include:
• Cracked Teeth
• Traumatic Injuries


How It Works

You don’t have to be a regular client to schedule an appointment with our emergency dentist in Oregon City, OR. If your dentist is unavailable, or you don’t have a dentist, that doesn’t matter—we can still help.
We will do everything we can to accommodate your needs. In many cases, we can schedule your appointment the same day you call. That means you can get immediate relief from pain.


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