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Tooth Pain Is a Dental Emergency — True or False?

June 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — e_anderson @ 5:50 pm
Grimacing young woman dealing with severe toothache

If you have ever had a toothache, you know it can be one of the most powerful and debilitating types of pain. On the other hand, some tooth pain is mild and easier to ignore. Do both of these situations constitute a dental emergency, or do you only need urgent care if the pain is interfering with your daily life? This blog post explains why it is usually best to schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.

What Causes Tooth Pain?

It is important to remember that tooth pain is not a dental problem. Instead, it is a symptom. It may point to any number of underlying issues, including:

  • A broken tooth
  • Dental decay
  • Infections
  • Gum disease or injuries
  • Other problems

When Is Tooth Pain a Dental Emergency?

Any new or worsening tooth pain is a reason to call your dentist. It is especially urgent to seek treatment if:

  • The pain is strong enough to interfere with your daily life.
  • You have severe dental sensitivity that lingers even after the source of the temperature change is removed.
  • There are visible signs of damage to a tooth.
  • You have a pimple-like bump on your gums.

The above signs can indicate that you have a dental infection. Without prompt treatment, the infection could continue to spread and cause widespread damage to your oral tissues. It could even cause systemic health complications, including a high fever and respiratory problems.

Your dentist can take some X-rays and recommend a treatment plan. They might be able to preserve the tooth, or you may need an extraction. Either way, you can expect your dental team to help you get out of pain and get your oral health back on track as efficiently as possible.

Remember, many dentists can accept emergency cases on a same-day basis, so do not hesitate to request an appointment right away!

When Is Tooth Pain Less Urgent?

Mild dental sensitivity or intermittent tooth pain is not as urgent as severe toothaches. However, it would still be wise to seek treatment as soon as your schedule allows for it. Unnecessary delays could allow the problem to worsen and develop into a true emergency.

Tooth pain should never be ignored! Visiting your dentist right away can protect your health and help you get back to feeling like yourself ASAP.

Meet the Practice

Drs. Erick Anderson, Ken Gasper, and John Neuhaus are proud to work together to provide comprehensive oral care for families in the Colorado Springs community. In many instances, they are able to welcome emergency patients on a same-day basis. If you are struggling with tooth pain or other oral health concerns, our team is ready to serve you. Contact Anderson Family Dental by ESPIRE at 719-593-0988.

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