In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some notable examples of dental emergencies that will typically require immediate attention, even if outside normal business hours. Knowing which conditions should receive this level of care, versus those that can wait until a standard appointment time with your dentist, is very important for long-term dental care
At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we're proud to offer a variety of family dental services for patients around Layton and nearby areas, including emergency dentistry solutions available 24/7 for major issues. Here are some additional examples of what qualifies as a dental emergency, plus some examples of issues that generally are not as serious and can wait for a normal appointment.
While minor cracking or chips may not necessarily qualify as an emergency, larger cracks or fractures can significantly damage the inner layers of a tooth and potentially even lead to infection. If you've experienced a serious crack in one of your teeth, contact us immediately for help.
This is especially true if there is significant bleeding, pain or swelling associated with the issue. These are all signs that the injury is more severe and needs to be addressed right away.
Again, gum-bleeding is an area where minor issues aren't much of a problem - such as if you have some brief bleeding during or right after flossing. However, if you notice that your gums are regularly bleeding more heavily or in greater amounts than usual, this could be a sign of major gum disease.
It could also be due to a significant injury or impact like a fall or punch, and should be addressed right away. Severe bleeding gums can also lead to infection and even tooth loss in serious cases.
While no one is saying they aren't important and shouldn't be addressed, here are some examples of dental issues that generally can be left until a standard appointment with your dentist:
These are just a few examples dental issues that don't necessarily qualify as an emergency. At the same time, if you're ever in doubt about whether or not an issue is serious, contact a professional for help.
At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we're here to provide quality family and emergency dentistry solutions in Layton and the surrounding areas. If you ever have questions or aren't sure if an issue requires immediate attention, please don't hesitate to contact us for help. We'll get you the answer you need!