Davis Dental Care
Hans Smith, DMD

When Is a Dental Problem an Emergency?

Knowing When A Problem is an Emergency | Davis Dental Care

You know your body better than anyone. Often, patients admit to having an inkling that something wasn’t right with their oral health but they then ignore it because of busy schedules and other commitments. Who has time for an unexpected trip to the dentist, anyway?

Often, a dental problem will develop into an emergency with the onset of pain. Even if ignoring discomfort is possible at first, it often evolves quickly into something that is truly disruptive and impossible to ignore.

The best advice we can give is to be proactive with dental emergencies by contacting our Layton, UT dental office at the first sign that something feels off.

Don’t Wait Until Your Problem Is Urgent

Ignoring a dental problem might be possible for days or even weeks. Unfortunately, trouble is probably brewing. When you experience pain, it is a warning signal from your body alerting you that it is time to take action. Ignoring it allows the condition to incubate and worsen over the coming days and weeks. Waiting may result in a more invasive and expensive procedure. It could even result in tooth loss.

Not All Dental Emergencies Cause Pain

A lost or broken restoration is a dental emergency as well. While we may not need to rush you in for an after-hours appointment, we should still examine the problem within a day or two. A broken restoration or a lost crown or filling leaves the most vulnerable part of your tooth exposed to bacteria, food, and damage. An unprotected tooth can split or break.

If this occurs, contact our Layton, UT dental office right away and we will schedule you for an emergency dental appointment as quickly as possible. Often, when you address a lost or damaged restoration promptly, we can avoid tooth loss, root canals, or the discomfort that can accompany emergencies.


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