Intense tooth pain can be hard to live with. Depending on the level of pain, it may be hard to sleep, hard to work, or hard to do just about anything. When tooth pain becomes this intense, it needs attention right away. So what should you do about emergency tooth pain?
What is Emergency Tooth Pain?
We all have different sensitivities and tolerances to pain, so the level of pain that might be an emergency to one person might not be an emergency to another. However, there are some instances where you should see a dentist immediately, even if you can tolerate the pain you’re experiencing. If you can’t tolerate the pain, and you’re finding it difficult to focus or sleep because the pain is so intense, then you should definitely see a dentist immediately.
Remember, when emergency tooth pain arises, it’s not a good idea to wait. Emergency tooth pain isn’t going to go away on its own. If it gets worse, the problem can spread and can cause permanent damage.
The following situations can also be considered dental emergencies, and you should see a dentist immediately if experiencing these symptoms. Keep in mind, this list is not exhaustive, and other situations can be emergencies as well.
- Cracked, broken, or displaced tooth due to impact
- A tooth with brown or black discoloration
- Excessive bleeding from the tooth or gums
- Swelling or discoloration around the jaw, gums, or tongue
- A lesion, lump or sore that does not go away
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What Should I Do About Emergency Tooth Pain?
If you have emergency tooth pain or an emergency dental situation, here’s what you should do. Let’s go through the list, step-by-step.
Find a Dentist
If you don’t already have a regular dentist you see, or if you haven’t seen a dentist for a while, the first step is to find one. Finding a dentist can be an intimidating process. You might not be sure what to look for, or afraid that the dentist you find will be very expensive, or not very experienced. However, with just a bit of research you can find a reliable, affordable dentist who can help you.
There are a few ways to find a dentist when you have emergency tooth pain. You might ask your family, friends, or coworkers which dentist they see. Or, you might simply contact a dentist who is located nearby. In the case of an emergency, you don’t want to wait for your tooth pain to get worse while you do research. Here are a few things to look for that can help you find a dentist who is both reliable and affordable.
- Good reviews: If your friends and family, or online reviewers, say good things about the dentist, it’s a good sign.
- Payment plans: If the office provides a payment plan, especially one with low interest, it will make it easier to budget for any big dental work you might need.
- Answers your questions: when you call to make an appointment, ask some questions and express your concerns. If the office is able to answer your questions and provide information you need, it’s a good sign.
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Make an Appointment
Once you’ve found a dentist you think you’d like to visit, it’s time to make an appointment. It’s good practice to have a list of a few options in case you find your top choice is already booked into the near future, even for emergencies.
When calling to book an appointment, it will be important to make it clear that you have a dental emergency, and be able to describe how you’re feeling and what your situation is. It may be helpful to write out a list of things you want to mention during the phone call, as well as questions you have. You may want to keep a notepad handy, so you can write down any information that the office provides you, such as details about a payment plan, and when you can get in to see the dentist.
Talk to Your Dentist
Your emergency dental appointment should arrive within a short time frame. During your visit, you can talk to your dentist, ask what the problem is, and how to fix it. Your dentist may provide you a few different options, such as removing a damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant.
If you’re uncertain how to pay for important dental procedures, mention this to your dentist. They may be able to provide you with payment plan options. If you have some anxiety about larger dental procedures, mention this as well. Your dentist may be able to provide you with some suggestions or even medication that might help.
If you are experiencing intense tooth pain you think might be a dental emergency, call BDG today at 702-388-8888. We’ll answer your questions, set you up with an appointment, and help relieve your pain as soon as possible.