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What Is a Dental Emergency? Know When to Seek Care

woman touching painful jawWe know dental emergencies can happen at any time – day or night. To address your concerns promptly, we attend to emergencies as soon as possible and ensure you receive the care you need promptly.

Emergency situations can be distressing and painful, and knowing when to seek immediate care is crucial. At CDC Dental, we’re here to provide guidance and quick assistance during these critical times.

Is It an Actual Emergency?

Understanding what an emergency is and seeking immediate care is essential for preserving your oral health and wellbeing.

The most common emergencies are those that cause severe pain or compromise oral health. These can include:

  • Severe toothaches, often caused by dental decay
  • Infection
  • Damaged teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth
  • Gum abscesses
  • Lost fillings
  • Broken dentures or crowns
  • Sports trauma to the tooth

Generally, a dental issue is deemed an emergency if you’re experiencing severe pain and discomfort. We advise seeking immediate care if you’re facing any of these issues. Call now! Delaying care may lead to more complex and expensive procedures; sometimes, the damage may become irreversible without prompt medical attention.

Will an Extraction Be Necessary?

Our dentist may extract a tooth if necessary for oral health. Extraction is typically considered the last option and is done only when a tooth is severely damaged, infected, or cannot be saved. Before considering extraction, we explore options like fillings, root canals, or crowns.

We’re Here to Help You – Contact Us Today

To schedule an emergency dental appointment, please contact us today. We’re open Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Please note that although our practice reserves emergency appointments daily, you must first call us so we can advise you on what to do in the interim. Our experienced team can evaluate the urgency of your situation and schedule you ASAP.

At CDC Dental, we’re dedicated to providing you with the care and support you need during these challenging times. Your oral health is our top priority, and we’re here to help you, day or night.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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