How to Tell if You Have a Dental Emergency

July 20, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Richard Leung
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There’s nothing that can ruin your day quite like a sudden toothache or other dental emergencies.

The first thing to do when you suspect you have a dental emergency is to contact our Temple, TX dental office. There are some instances where we need to see you right away. In other cases, we may be able to explain how you can help yourself until you can clear your schedule to see us the next day.

Signs of a Dental Emergency

Some emergencies are obvious, like severe pain or an injured or knocked-out tooth.

If your tooth is knocked out, please call us right away. We will provide you with instructions for caring for the tooth (and yourself) until you can get to our office. The exception is if you have suffered trauma to your jaw or face. In this case, we want you to call 911 or go immediately to an emergency room.

Sudden overwhelming pain is an indication that something serious is happening inside your tooth. In this case, you need to see Dr. Richard Leung as soon as possible so he can address the problem and provide you with the relief you so desperately need.

Other emergencies like a lost filling or crown can be frustrating or even painful. This is a case where we may be able to delay treatment by a day. When you call us, we will give you instructions for handling the problem until you can get to our office.

Emergency Appointments in Temple, TX

However, we don’t want you to spend a lot of any time worrying whether or not your problem constitutes a dental emergency. Our Temple, TX professional team always leaves time in our schedule for our emergency patients, and we welcome your call. It’s far better for you to call us and learn you don’t have an emergency than to wait and risk further damage to your oral health. 

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