Call Chris Wolberg DDS and Associates, Emergency Dentists in Richmond, VA
If you fall and feel your wrist crack, you know to head to the Emergency Room for medical care. Dental emergencies may be more challenging to diagnose. From pain to infection or traumatic events, you could face a variety of urgent dental issues. We’ve compiled a few examples to help you decide whether to call our after-hours emergency service or schedule an appointment during office hours.
When to Seek an Emergency Dentist in Richmond, VA
- Tooth Fractures
One of the more common dental emergencies happens when you or your family experience a partial or complete tooth fracture. Falling off a scooter, getting hit in the face during a sports activity, or a random accident can cause teeth to shift, crack, or break.
Loose teeth in adults are a signal that you need to get treatment quickly. While a loose tooth doesn’t warrant an emergency visit, we recommend you call during office hours to schedule a timely appointment.
- Dental Infections
If you have pain in your mouth and a fever that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil), call our after-hours service. Similarly, if your sore tooth becomes numb, contact us immediately.
We strongly encourage you to contact us as soon as you notice pain to get early treatment. Please note that swelling near your jaw or mouth and trouble breathing or swallowing can be a severe issue that requires medical care at a local Emergency Room.
- Metallic Taste in Your Mouth
A broken metal filling will create an aftertaste. We recommend contacting our emergency service for care since this issue can create infection and decay.
When to Schedule an Urgent Appointment . . .
- Mouth Sores or Abrasions
If you have any lesion or abrasion in your mouth that doesn’t improve within two weeks, call our office to schedule an evaluation.
- Bleeding Gums
Seeing a spot of blood after flossing your teeth can occur occasionally. If your gums bleed excessively or every time you brush or floss, call us to schedule an exam. Symptoms of gum disease, when treated early, can restore the health of your gums and teeth.
- Headaches, Jaw or Teeth Pain
If you’re experiencing constant headaches combined with jaw pain or teeth sensitivity, you could be grinding your teeth. Talk with our dental team about scheduling a complete exam and your treatment options.
If you’re wondering whether it’s time to head to an emergency dentist in Richmond, VA, call our after-hours service or feel free to fill contact us form. Your peace-of-mind and a healthy smile are our top priorities. We’ll talk with you about your concerns and recommend the best course of action to get immediate relief and long-term recovery.