A dental emergency, just like a medical emergency is something nobody wants to have to experience. Unfortunately, there aren’t always ways to prevent dental emergencies and they often happen suddenly and out of nowhere. When you or someone in your family is experiencing a dental emergency, minutes matter and quick treatment by our staff at Lincoln Dental Associates is necessary. We place special priority on all dental emergency needs. Should a dental emergency arise, call the office and we will make every effort to attend to your need quickly. If an emergency occurs after normal business hours, call our main office number and you will be instructed on how to reach the dentist. Your call will be returned as quickly as possible.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Not every toothache or lost dental appliance such as a filling or a crown constitutes as a dental emergency, however, if you or a family member is experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, call our office right away:
- Have a knocked-out tooth
- Have a loose tooth
- Have a misaligned tooth, due to it getting loose
- Have a cracked, chipped or fractured tooth
- Have received an injury inside the mouth with possible damage to the soft tissue of the tongue, mouth, lips and cheeks
- Have receive an injury, such as a hit to the face
- Have an abscessed tooth
- Experience heavy or constant bleeding of the gums
How to Know When to Call the Dentist
If you’re not sure whether you have a dental emergency or a dental problem that can get resolved with a regular dental office visit, here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Are you bleeding from the mouth?
- Is there severe pain coming from inside your mouth?
- Do you have any teeth that are loose?
- Did you receive a hit to the face or mouth?
- Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area whether by a hit to the mouth or face or due to an underlying reason?
- Do you have any bulges, swelling, knots or inflammation on your gums?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we strongly encourage you to call our office immediately as you likely have a dental emergency.