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Is It Really a Dental Emergency? Here's What You Need to Know

August 25, 2020
Posted By: Jeffrey J. Tibbs, DDS, PA Team

Dental emergencies are often scary. You have pain, swelling, or another change to your oral health and are not sure how to address the problem or problems. We tell our patients to contact our dental office if they are unsure. Our dental team is trained to make recommendations and determinations based on your symptoms. Dental emergencies do not have to be scary. Your dentist in Winston-Salem treats them all the time with much success!

Is It Really a Dental Emergency?

We recommend not making this determination without input from a member of our dental team, but typically a dental emergency means:

  • Toothache or oral pain
  • Swelling
  • Broken tooth or restoration
  • Damaged tooth or restoration
  • Tissue injury with bleeding or swelling

There may be other considerations as well, which is why we always want to hear from you! Waiting can mean significant infection or tooth loss.


Every situation is different, but a tiny chip in one of your teeth that does not hurt you or a sensitive tooth that does not lead to swelling may mean you can wait a few days.

Of course, we can help you decide what is best, and often we can see you the same day even if your situation is not an emergency.

Lowering Your Risks

Brushing and flossing, coupled with regular dental visits, go a long way toward preventing dental infections and severe tooth decay—both common dental emergencies.

Wearing the proper mouthguard during sports is also key to helping lower your risks for oral injuries.

If you have bruxism, be sure to wear a mouthguard during sleep.

Do You Need an Emergency Dentist in Winston-Salem, NC?

If you have an oral health issue, including a toothache, swelling, or oral trauma, contact a member of our dental staff today to schedule an appointment.

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