If you’ve ever felt a toothache that just wouldn’t go away, you know how painful it can be. And if you’ve ever had to visit the dentist, you know how expensive and inconvenient it can be. Fortunately, there are a few signs that indicate you may have a dental emergency on your hands. Read on to learn more about what they are and how to take action if you think you may have one.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation in which you experience pain or difficulty in your dental care. In some cases, a dental emergency can be a sign that you need to see a dentist immediately. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible:
– The sudden toothache that does not go away after taking over-the-counter pain medication
– Pain when chewing or when biting into something hard
– Red or swollen gums
– Difficulty breathing through your mouth or speaking clearly
If you have any of these symptoms, contact your dentist right away.
The signs of a dental emergency
If you experience any of the following symptoms, please seek immediate dental care:
-Unexplained toothache that does not improve with rest or medication
-Reduced oral intake, including little or no food or drink
-Sore throat that does not improve with over-the-counter medications
-Difficulty swallowing, speaking or breathing
-Abdominal pain that does not improve with pain medication
What to do if you experience a dental emergency
If you are experiencing any of the following signs, call your dentist immediately:
-Extreme pain when chewing or biting
-Unable to speak
-Unusual drooling or tongue swelling
-Strange odours coming from your mouth
How to treat a dental emergency
If you experience any of the following symptoms, please go to the dentist immediately:
-Pain when chewing or swallowing
-Sudden change in toothbrush habits – e.g., brushing more often, harder, etc.
-Redness or swelling around teeth or gums
-Unusual bleeding from gums
If you or someone you know experiences any of the following signs, it may be an indication that a dental emergency is rapidly approaching: severe pain, difficulty breathing, fast heart rate, lightheadedness or dizziness. If you experience any of these symptoms and believe that you may have a dental emergency on your hands, seek medical attention as soon as possible.