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5 Signs You Need to See an Emergency Dentist

December 20, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Ryan Rush
Woman experiencing severe tooth pain

Everyone has aches and pains at one point or another. But how do you know when you have a toothache or need emergency dental care? At Ryan Rush DDS PLLC, we consider a dental emergency to be any oral health concern that involves pain, bleeding, swelling, or if a tooth is at risk for loss or infection.

Here are five signs you need to see an emergency dentist in Fort Collins.

1. Loose Tooth

Good oral health means having firm, secure teeth. If you have a loose tooth or notice a tooth feels wiggly in its socket, there could be a few different things going on. For example, you may have sustained an injury, infection, gum disease, or tooth decay. Regardless of the reason, a loose tooth can’t resolve itself, which is why you need to see your dentist for assistance.

2. Severe Toothache

Mild to moderate dental pain isn’t always an emergency but can point to an infection, tooth decay, or another issue. If you have a severe or persistent toothache, please don’t wait until it gets worse to seek dental care.

3. Bleeding, Swollen Gums

Bleeding, swollen gums can mean you have gingivitis or gum disease, which needs treatment as soon as possible. You can also injure your gums from oral trauma, so make sure you see your dentist for help.

4. Abscess

A dental abscess is a painful and dangerous infection that requires urgent treatment. An untreated abscess can spread the infection to the gums, jaws, and other body areas. Eventually, the tooth will decay and deteriorate and need to be extracted. Symptoms of an abscess include a foul taste in the mouth, fever, bumps or pus, and swollen gums. Your dentist can stop the infection and drain the abscess, restoring your oral health in no time.  

5. Dislodged or Damaged Tooth

If you take a blow to the face or bite down too hard, you can break or dislodge a tooth. A broken tooth can expose nerves, which can be very painful, and a dislodged tooth requires immediate attention. If a tooth falls out, don’t touch the tooth by the root, as this can kill the tooth. Instead, try to gently reinsert it in the socket or place it in a cup of water––whatever you do, keep it moist until you see your dentist. 

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Fort Collins

Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Call Dr. Rush today for help! Dental emergencies can happen at any time, even when we’re being careful. Dr. Rush can get you in the dental chair quickly and relieve pain and discomfort. Your smile deserves the best possible care, and we are honored to serve you at our Fort Collins dental office. 

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