Joel R. Koch, DDS
Your Family Dentist

How do I know if it's a dental emergency?

We make time in our schedule to address dental emergencies as soon as possible—typically, the same day. If you have a dental emergency in West Chester, OH, we encourage you to contact our dental office as soon as possible; waiting and hoping for the best can put your oral health at risk and even compromise your systemic wellness.

There are all types of dental emergencies, but the most common is probably root infection or deep decay, which may cause swelling and a powerful toothache.

If you have a toothache and swelling, it is a dental emergency because this means you likely have an infection. Untreated infections can spread and compromise your tooth, the surrounding teeth, and even other body systems.

Other ways you can tell you have a dental emergency is through mouth trauma that results in the following:

  • Tooth or restoration knocked out or knocked loose
  • Injury to the soft tissue
  • Ongoing bleeding

If you experience trauma outside the tooth and gum area, it is important to seek emergency medical care promptly. You can contact our dental office from the emergency room after you’ve been declared safe.

We are here for your dental emergencies. If you’re unsure whether your situation is an emergency, contact our dental office.

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