When a patient experiences a dental emergency, adherence to several steps should result in quicker care and relief:
|These problems require an immediate Emergency Room visit:|
|These problems require a dentist's attention:|
|These problems require a dentist's attention but not immediate unless accompanied by pain:|
Treat before pain develops or your bite changes.
|What should I do for a toothache?||This pain can be relatively simple or quite complicated. It can be simple because sometimes by biting or chewing, a person can tell which tooth is causing pain. More often than not, biting does not identify the offending tooth; and the pain can be referred to a distant location like the ear, the chin, the corner of the jaw, or even one side of the throat (the same side the pain is on). If a tooth is hypersensitive to thermal stimulation like hot or cold food or drinks or if spontaneous pain from the mouth occurs "out of the blue" or if tooth pain awakens you from sleep, then you most likely have a toothache and should see a dentist as soon as possible.|