A toothache can really throw a wrench in your day. Some toothaches are more bothersome than painful while others will cause you to think of nothing else except finding relief from the pain. To have a dental emergency means that you are in severe pain, are at risk of permanent damage if not addressed promptly, or you have sustained an injury from a traumatic event. Toothaches can fall under the umbrella of a dental emergency but, depending on a few factors, can also be treated at your next non-urgent dental appointment.
While it is recommended to have a dentist appointment once a year if not every six months, a toothache can cause you to call your dentist in between appointments to deal with the issue. Your tooth may be highly sensitive to hot or cold liquids or you may have a dull throbbing in your tooth. Even if the pain is not severe, go ahead and make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. You never know when the pain could suddenly increase. Getting to the root cause of the toothache is also essential for your oral health. If you are able to wait for the next available appointment with your dentist, then your toothache is not a dental emergency.
A few ways to soothe an aching tooth to help you avoid having to rush to the dentist during after hours are:
If the pain in your tooth can not be ignored or if you get no relief from taking painkillers, your toothache is considered a dental emergency. Other factors that can also signal that you’re in an emergency situation are if you have:
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should contact your dentist immediately. If you have a toothache from a traumatic event such as a car wreck, you should also seek medical help immediately. If you have facial swelling that affects your breathing, call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.
If your toothache is constantly hurting for a couple of days or if you can not go about your day without taking painkillers, do not hesitate to contact your dentist. If you are unsure if your pain level qualifies for a dental emergency, you can give your specific symptoms to your dentist over the phone to determine if you can wait. For residents of St. Augustine, give Dental Remedies a call today.