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We know that emergencies can happen at the most inconvenient times, and that the entire experience can be extremely unpleasant. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do once you’re faced with an emergency to help things go smoother. But, do you know what is typically classified as a dental emergency, or how you should respond to some of the more common emergencies?

Many things can constitute a dental emergency. For example, trauma to a tooth often leads to a dental emergency. Any cracked, chipped, fractured, or dislodged tooth should be considered an emergency. Similarly, if you lose a crown or a filling, or are experiencing pain, we recommend seeking dental help immediately.

If you suffer a dental emergency, it’s imperative for you to visit a dentist as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you don’t care for your teeth well following trauma, you could have to cope with a number of serious consequences. For example, a cracked tooth can lead to symptoms such as bleeding or swollen gums, extreme pain, and bad breath, among other things. Similarly, if you lose a tooth, you could be more vulnerable to decay, gingivitis, and shifting teeth.

If you do experience trauma that leads to a cracked or chipped tooth, please contact us as soon as possible. We’ll be happy to offer you personalized advice—though we do recommend using over-the-counter medications or dental cement until you can come to our office. Similarly, please contact us immediately if you’re experiencing extreme pain in your mouth.

If you have question or concerns about dental emergencies, please feel free to contact The Art of Dentistry at 972-441-8199. Dr. Van Parham and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We’re eager to hear from you soon.