You probably know already that if you're ever dealing with a knocked-out tooth or profuse oral bleeding, you need to get in touch with our emergency dentist in South Los Angeles ASAP for emergency dental care.
But, what if you have a cavity that's been troubling you for a few days? Does that constitute a dental emergency or can you wait until one of the dentists at Overhill Dental can see you?
The short answer is that it depends. While cavities usually develop gradually, sometimes untreated dental caries can escalate into dental emergencies that require immediate attention.
Here's how to tell if your cavity is a dental emergency.
The problem with cavities is that they can be asymptomatic, especially in the early stages. That's why preventive care is so important as the dentist can check for any signs of decay and address the problem before it evolves.
As the decay progresses, you may start noticing sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks, a dark spot on your tooth, or even visible pits or holes. This is the moment when you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexaundrea Smith for restorative care. Ignoring these red flags may allow the cavity to turn into an infection, which usually constitutes a dental emergency.
Call Dr. Alexaundrea Smith at (323) 296-6180 if you notice any of the following:
If you experience any of the above symptoms, reach out to Overhill Dental as soon as possible to explain your symptoms and schedule an emergency appointment.
In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers to manage your discomfort. Applying a cold compress to the affected area can help and so can rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.
Whether it's a fractured tooth, a knocked-out tooth, or intense and persistent pain, we here at Overhill Dental are ready to offer swift care.
Call us now at (323) 296-6180, tell us about your emergency, and we will be able to schedule a same-day appointment and help restore your oral health.
For regular appointments, you can also get in touch with us online.