The Philadelphia Dentist
Lee Schriftman, DDS

When should I seek urgent dental care for a toothache?

Tooth pain can come in many forms, so it’s difficult to determine when it crosses the line to become a dental emergency. The Philadelphia Dentist team knows that you may struggle to figure out how best to handle this situation, which is why we are proud to supply same-day emergency dental care. This experience has helped us to deliver some time-tested advice around when you should seek urgent dental care for a toothache.

The first determining factor is the severity of your pain. In cases where you’ve been able to tolerate minor to moderate tooth pain, and then that pain quickly goes off the scale, you should seek urgent care. However, regardless of your oral health condition, extreme pain interferes with your ability to function at both work and home, so waiting to treat it may cost you more than time.

We Provide Urgent Dental Care in Philadelphia

Another aspect that should prompt you to seek an emergency dentist is if your toothache is combined with other worrying symptoms. For example, if you experience any of the following along with severe pain, you should call us for urgent dental care right away:

  • Inflammation in the painful area
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Fractured or broken tooth
  • A general fever
  • Swelling in your neck or face

Most dental emergencies won’t resolve themselves. So instead, we encourage you to contact a team member to discuss the best course of action based on your condition.

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