How do I know when a toothache is a dental emergency?
Many patients tell us they would have called us sooner, but they were not sure if they were having a real dental emergency. Determining if a dental emergency appointment is necessary does not need to be a decision you make on your own. Our experienced team will ask you questions about your condition and symptoms helping you decide if immediate treatment is needed.
Common Signs of Dental Emergencies
- You have pain – Tooth pain or a toothache is a sure sign of trouble, and you should call our Gaithersburg dental office for a dental emergency appointment. Most dental conditions that cause pain are advanced. Decay and other oral health diseases do not usually present symptoms in the early stages, but only when the nerve is involved.
- You have swelling – Swelling of the jaw, face, neck or gums indicates the presence of an infection. Infection not only puts your smile at risk, but it also puts your life at risk because inflammation and infection can impact heart health.
- You have an avulsed (knocked-out) tooth – We can sometimes save a dislodged or knocked-out tooth by reinserting it and securing it in place. We will typically only attempt to replace permanent teeth and may instead use a space-maintainer for deciduous (baby) teeth.
Emergency Dental Appointments in Gaithersburg
Don’t rely on guesswork when it comes to your smile, we treat dental emergencies fast in our Gaithersburg, MD dental office and will have you feeling like yourself again fast. Give us a call today if you are in pain.