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What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Our patients might wonder when it is okay to contact our dentists to arrange an emergency dental appointment. Here are some of the reasons for contacting us right away for an examination and treatment.

Dental Emergency Type 1: A Toothache

If you have a toothache, then seek help right away because the problem will get worse. You may notice that your gums are swollen or bleeding, so you can apply an ice pack to your face while you travel to our dental office. It is possible to feel pain in your mouth from an infection in the gums or from a deep cavity, but you could also have an impacted tooth that requires removal. Our dentists can fill cavities, make dental crowns or perform a root canal to alleviate your pain.

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Dental Emergency Type 2: Chips and Cracks

When you have a chipped or cracked tooth, you should contact us immediately for treatment. Bacteria can enter the chipped or cracked area, leading to additional problems from an infection. Our dentist will examine the tooth to determine if you need a bonding procedure, root canal or a dental crown to protect the tooth’s underlying materials.

Dental Emergency Type 3: Losing a Filling or a Dental Crown

If a dental restoration is damaged, then it can lead to problems with a tooth. You may have a missing dental crown or a filling may fall out of a tooth. When you delay treatment, you risk additional damage to the tooth’s underlying structures. Call our receptionist to arrange an appointment so that you can have the filling or dental crown replaced.

Dental Emergency Type 4: Tooth Dislocation

A tooth dislocation requires immediate attention, so if you can drive to our dental office with the tooth, then we will begin emergency treatment right away. Keep the tooth moist by wrapping it in a damp cloth or inserting it into the gum tissue, making sure not to swallow it accidentally. Our dentists can use special techniques to keep the tooth in the proper location so that it will have the proper blood flow.

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Call Choice Dental Associates in Garland, TX

Dr. Travis Campbell and his friendly team at Choice Dental Associates are experienced in assisting families with dental emergencies. If you would like to learn more about dental emergencies or are looking to get treated by our dentist in Garland, TX, please don’t hesitate to call us today!

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