With everything going on related to the COVID-19 virus, both the Center For Disease Control and the American Dental Association are recommending that you should only visit your dentist for “dental emergencies”.  This leaves many people wondering exactly what qualifies as a “dental emergency”.  Dr. Ben Johnson at Johnson Family Dental in Paducah suggests the following five scenarios that would require emergency care.

The Burden of a Broken Tooth

If you notice that one of your teeth is fractured or broken, try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water to help relieve any pain. Since this is a problem that only emergency dentists can fix, schedule an emergency dental appointment as quickly as you can.

The Mystery of a Missing Filling or Crown

While losing a filling or crown may seem like a mere inconvenience, it’s actually one of the leading dental emergencies that requires urgent treatment. As soon as you notice that the filling or crown is missing, contact your local dentist in order to repair or replace the dental piece.

Toothache Trouble

Toothaches are one of the most common reasons that people seek emergency dental treatment. When the pain strikes, try thoroughly rinsing your mouth with warm, salted water to reduce the pain and swelling. This is a wise plan for many dental emergencies. But any dental pain shouldn’t be ignored, so you should contact your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible.

The Ache of Abscessed Teeth

An abscessed tooth is one of the most painful dental emergencies because the pain persists until you see a dentist for emergency care.

Exposed Nerves can be Excruciating

If you have an exposed nerve in your tooth, you will not have to wonder about whether or not it’s a dental emergency. The searing pain you will experience with breathing, sipping drinks, or even just moving will make you feel certain that you need an emergency dental appointment. Emergency dentists suggest that you can chew a piece of sugarless gum and then use it to cover the exposed nerve to give you the temporary relief you need until you can get to the dentist for treatment.

To get the dental care you deserve from a local Paducah area dentist, give Dr. Ben Johnson at Johnson Family Dental a call. Conveniently located at 2913 Lone Oak Rd in Paducah, we provide most dental services including basic preventative care, general dentistry and emergency dental treatment for your entire family.  Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that leads to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright.

During the current COVID-19 period, Dr. Ben Johnson is available for emergency dental care.  Office hours are by appointment only.  Should you have a dental emergency, give us a call at (270) 554-2432 or CLICK HERE to contact us.