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Dental Urgency vs. Non-Urgent Dental Emergency

Teeth aren’t shy about letting you know when you need emergency dental care. Whether you knocked out a tooth while playing contact sports or you have a severe toothache, you’ll need to visit an emergency care dentist as soon as possible.

Our Grand Rapids dentist have put together a quick reference guide to help you determine whether you need to see an emergency dentist this minute or if you can wait to schedule an appointment during normal business hours. Knowing the difference between urgent and non-urgent emergency dental care can help you limit the amount of damage done to your smile and save teeth.

Urgent Dental Emergencies

Schedule an emergency dental appointment for the following:

  • Large piece of tooth missing
  • Significant crack or chip in tooth
  • Crack or chip in tooth causing pain
  • Dental abscess
  • Significant swelling of the gums
  • Severe toothache

Any issue with your gums or teeth that involves severe pain or ongoing tissue bleeding requires a call to the dentist’s office. In the time between sustaining dental trauma and being seen by your dentist, the dentist’s office may be able to offer advice for how to best protect your tooth in the meantime.

If the dental trauma happens on the weekend or outside of business hours, you should still go ahead and call the dentist’s office. An experienced Grand Rapids dentist should provide instructions on their answering machine for dental emergencies or provide an emergency number. If the answering machine message offers nothing useful, go to the nearest emergency room.

Responding quickly to dental emergencies will give you a better chance of saving the tooth and preventing permanent damage. When a severely injured tooth is seen right away by a Grand Rapids emergency dentist, you also lower the risk of needing extensive dental restoration services in the future.

Non-Urgent Dental Emergencies

Schedule an emergency appointment during regular business hours for the following:

  • Small crack in tooth
  • Small chip in tooth
  • Lost filling, crown, or bridge
  • Broken or cracked tooth without severe pain
  • Food lodged between teeth
  • Dull toothache

Even if the dental issue is not listed under our list of urgent dental emergencies, it’s still important to call your dentist’s office as soon as possible. Quick thinking can help save a tooth, which is why we always encourage our patients to contact us as soon as they suspect there’s a problem.

Whether you have an urgent or non-urgent emergency, we understand that this time is stressful for you. We hope that our blog post helped clear any confusion you might have had about the next steps after serious dental trauma.

If you are in need of our emergency dental services, please call our Grand Rapids family dental practice at (616) 364-8716. Dr. Kent Wildern DDS dedicates himself to providing patients with the highest level of dental care during urgent and non-urgent tooth emergencies.

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