What's Considered To Be An Emergency Dental Problem

Having yellow or stained teeth is an issue that's strictly cosmetic and isn't considered to be an emergency. If, however, you have a cracked, chipped, or missing tooth, then that constitutes itself as a dental emergency. If you have a dentist that offers emergency dental care, then the last thing you're going to want to do is to interrupt them on a Friday night when they are with their family. However, some dental emergencies just can't wait and require immediate assistance. Read on to learn more about what those scenarios may be. 

A Missing Tooth

If you were in some sort of accident or fight and you lost an entire tooth, then this is considered to be a dental emergency. The first thing you should do is contact your dentist right away and schedule an emergency dental service. Then, save the tooth and start rinsing your mouth with clean water to clean everything out. 

A Chipped Tooth

If you have a small crack in your tooth that can usually wait a few days but if you have a large chip in your tooth, then you should have it fixed as soon as possible so that the chip doesn't get worse. If you can, try to save the chipped portion of your tooth that fell off to see if your dentist can either do something about it or so that they can see how it chipped off your tooth in the first place. 

A Bitten Tongue or Lip

If you were involved in some sort of accident in which you bit down hard enough on your tongue or lip that it literally left a mark and you think you may need stitches, then this is also considered to be an emergency dental issue. 

If you find yourself in one of these emergency dental scenarios, try to remain calm, clean the area, ice your mouth, and avoid hard-to-chew foods. Then, from there, your dentist should hopefully be able to get you into their office for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. If you do run into another type of oral issue and you aren't sure if it's deemed as an emergency problem, then still contact your dentist and see if they can chat with you about it. Remember that just like anything, it's better to be safe than sorry. To learn more about these and other emergency dental services, contact your local dentist today!