20 Mar

When to Call the Dentist

While we are all essentially on lockdown due to the coronavirus, most medical treatments that are deemed non-essential are being postponed by as much as a month or more. This includes dentists trying to keep their patients to a minimum. However, there are some situations in which you really need to see a dentist, and you shouldn’t wait for things to blow over to call one. Here are some of those situations.

Broken or Loose Tooth

If you broke a tooth due to trauma or trying to eat hard food, you should see your dentist right away. Leaving broken or loose teeth without treatment can cause a number of potential complications that could be painful and costly to repair. Call your dentist for an emergency appointment.

Sudden Extreme Pain

The average toothache is not a reason for an emergency dental visit. However, if you have sudden and debilitating pain in your mouth, there is probably something wrong that needs to be addressed quickly. Especially if over-the-counter pain relievers and home remedies don’t decrease your pain, you should call your dentist for an emergency appointment.

Uncontrolled Bleeding

If you lost a tooth, broke a tooth, or a tooth became loose and the bleeding is not controllable, you need to see your dentist right away. You can apply cotton balls to your mouth to try to slow the bleeding. If that doesn’t work, you should see your dentist or the ER right away.

Non-Emergencies

There are some dental issues that may seem important but are not dental emergencies. These include:

  • Broken crowns
  • Lost fillings
  • Mild toothaches
  • Lost or broken dental appliance

These things can be annoyances, and they do need to be addressed. But they are not necessary at this time. If you have any of these symptoms or situations, contact your dentist for an appointment scheduled after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

If you have a dental issue and you aren’t sure if you need to be seen right away, contact us today to get your questions answered and schedule an appointment.

Dr. Obrochta
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