White Smiles Family Dental

How to Know When It's a Dental Emergency

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At White Smiles Family Dental, our emergency dentist does not want you to lose a tooth or suffer from pain unnecessarily. This is why we make time in our Springfield, MO dental office to treat dental traumas and infections.

Yes, we all get an occasional toothache or scratched gum. But it’s important to know the difference between a dental issue that can wait and a real dental emergency. Making the wrong self-diagnostic call can allow an infection to spread and even cost you a tooth.

Dental Emergencies Defined

Our emergency dentist adheres to the guidelines put forth by the American Dental Association when it comes to defining dental emergencies.

The signs of a dental emergency include any of the following:

  • Tooth loss
  • Broken crown
  • Sustained bleeding
  • Fever
  • Swelling

If you experience any of these, contact our dental office immediately.

Dental Issues That Can Wait

When you’re in doubt about your dental issue, always contact White Smiles Family Dental. However, as a rule, the following dental issues can usually wait a day:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • A small chip in your tooth that is not accompanied by pain or swelling
  • An elbow or mild  knock to the tooth that produces only a few spots of blood and no lasting pain or tooth loosening

Tooth sensitivity can be an early sign of infection or indicative of a new cavity, so don’t wait more than a day to schedule an appointment with our Springfield, MO dental office.

Emergency Prevention

Good oral hygiene—brushing and flossing twice per day—and seeing your dentist regularly are the best ways to prevent dental emergencies brought on by infections.

Wearing mouth guards when playing sports is also an excellent preventative measure.

Contact Our Dental Office

If you have a dental emergency, or if you’re not sure, contact White Smiles Family Dental immediately. The trained staff in our Springfield, MO office will assess your situation quickly and instruct accordingly.

However, if you’ve suffered a trauma, we encourage you to head to the nearest emergency room and contact our dental office from that location.