Based on your score, it sounds like you’re probably experiencing a dental emergency and should seek treatment from a qualified emergency dental professional* as soon as possible – hopefully today. Common indicators of dental emergencies include any pain in your mouth (especially if it prevents you from concentrating or sleeping), any swelling of the face or gums, discomfort chewing, bad smelling breath, or a foul taste in your mouth. This is not normal; and if you put if off, it will only get worse!
Here are some common dental emergencies for which you should call your dentist immediately, from my new book, Help! My Tooth Hurts: Your Guide to Feeling Better Fast:
- A toothache that keeps you up at night or worsens when you lie down
- A tooth that hurts for more than a few seconds when you eat or drink something hot or cold
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- A chipped, cracked, or missing filling or crown
- A tooth that has been knocked out or pushed out of position
If any of the above describes your symptoms, call a dentist experienced in dental emergencies ASAP! As emergencies often occur 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.
Expect to hear from Dr. Shamblott via email soon as a follow-up to your experience, or get in touch with him directly here. Thank you for participating in this quiz!
* 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 anytime 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