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What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

August 18, 2022
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Posted By: Deborah Simpkins, DMD Team

We consider a dental emergency in Sarasota, FL, any dental-related situation that causes pain or risks your oral health. If ever you’re unsure whether your situation is a dental emergency, we encourage you to contact a member of our helpful dental team for guidance.

Dental Emergencies in Sarasota, FL

There are all types of dental emergencies, but some are more common than others. Toothaches with swelling, for example, are probably the most likely dental emergency. Typically, tooth pain and swelling indicate an infection deep in the tooth root requiring a root canal treatment.

Other dental emergencies include tooth breakage due to untreated decay or injury. We also consider broken or lost restorations dental emergencies because they leave your teeth vulnerable to infection.

Tooth or soft tissue trauma means you should call our dental office. However, if the injury extends beyond the teeth or oral tissues, you must visit the local ER and contact us after a medical doctor has cleared you.

Avoiding Dental Emergencies

Sometimes dental emergencies happen despite our best efforts. But you can lower your risks by:

  • Visiting the dentist every six months for teeth cleanings and dental exams
  • Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly or following every meal
  • Wearing protective face gear or a mouthguard during athletics
  • Wearing your nightguard if you’ve been diagnosed with bruxism (grinding and clenching)
  • Reporting oral health changes, including tooth pain, to your dentist promptly

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Sarasota, FL

If you have a dental emergency or are unsure, we encourage you to contact our dental office today. Putting off emergency treatment can cost you your smile!

Patients come to us from all over, including South Sarasota, Gulf Gate Estates, Vamo, Siesta Key, Osprey, and Bee Ridge. We’re also happy to accept CareCredit financing to make your dental care more affordable.

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