According to your answers, the pain you’re experiencing is probably not a dental emergency—however, you should still schedule an emergency dental appointment with a dental professional* this week to figure out what’s going on.
This type of problem is not normal. If you put off seeing a dentist, your mouth will get worse and could likely turn into a true dental emergency.
If you’re one of the millions of patients with dental anxiety or phobia, find a fear-free dentist who can provide the compassionate care you need to feel comfortable maintaining your oral health.

Next Steps

Call a dentist experienced in dental emergencies as soon as possible, and ask to see the dentist this week! As dental pain often occurs after office hours and far from home, many dental offices offer extended hours, and some even monitor messages 24/7.
Take Shamblott Family Dentistry: our office is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. After hours, we do our best to monitor messages and respond as quickly as possible. We also provide compassionate, fear-free dental care to help patients with dental phobia or anxiety feel more comfortable treating their dental emergencies.
The best way to avoid tooth pain is to avoid dental emergencies in the first place. Here are a few tips based on my new book, Help! My Tooth Hurts: Your Guide to Feeling Better Fast:

  1. Brush and floss daily
    Brush twice a day and floss at least once a day to help prevent cavities and gum disease.
  2. See your dentist regularly
    The best way to prevent dental problems is by seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a comprehensive cleaning and exam.
  3. Follow your dentist’s treatment plan
    While you may be tempted to hope your dental problems will go away, they won’t. They’re likely to become worse the longer you ignore them—and more expensive to treat.

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*  This quiz is not intended to provide medical or dental advice. Although most dental emergencies are best handled by dentists, you should visit a hospital emergency room any time you have an injury or other condition that is life-threatening or could become so, including:
● Deep cuts that won’t stop bleeding
● A fractured or dislocated jaw
● An abscess or infection on the lower jaw or neck, especially with swelling that makes it difficult to breathe or swallow
If you experience any of the following along with your oral pain, go to the ER or call 911 immediately, as it may actually signal a heart attack:
● Discomfort in the chest or other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, and jaw
● Shortness of breath
● Nausea
● Lightheadedness
● Breaking out in a cold sweat