Here’s when to call your dentist:


-Uncontrolled bleeding

-Facial cellulitis

-Swelling or trauma to facial bones that might compromise breathing

-Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in pain and swelling

-Severe cavities causing pain

-Pain in a tooth or in the jaw bone

-Painful dentures that need adjusting

-Replacement of temporary fillings

-Conditions like dry socket that need dressing changes

-Adjustments for orthodontic appliances that are creating open wounds

-A gum infection that includes swelling or pain

-Broken or knocked-out teeth

Non-emergency dental procedures as defined by the ADA include:

-Initial or periodic oral examinations and recall visits, including routine radiographs

-Routine dental cleaning and other preventive therapies

-Orthodontic procedures other than those to address acute issues (e.g., pain, infection, trauma)

-Extraction of asymptomatic teeth

-Restorative dentistry including treatment of asymptomatic lesions

-Aesthetic dental procedures.

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