Your crown fell out when you were eating. Or maybe you chipped your tooth while working out and now you\u2019re in serious discomfort or even pain. Dental emergencies like these can strike by day or night. Don\u2019t suffer in silence or try to wait out the pain. It\u2019s important to seek treatment before your problems get any worse. But how? You may wonder, \u201cWhat should I do if I have a dental emergency?\u201d Additionally, you may feel uncertain if what you\u2019re dealing with even counts as an emergency. If so, read on to learn what a dental emergency means. We\u2019ll also tell you short-term and long-term solutions for how you can treat it. What Counts as a Dental Emergency? Sometimes it\u2019s difficult to tell the difference between an emergency and run-of-the-mill dental problems. Is that ache, cavity, or sore something that requires immediate treatment? Well, does it cause serious pain, bleeding, or swelling that won\u2019t go away? If so, we recommend you seek professional care as soon as you can. If you\u2019re still asking yourself, \u201cHow can I tell if I have a dental emergency?\u201d then be on the lookout for the following symptoms or problems: \tA broken or chipped tooth \tA missing crown or filling \tSwelling or infection in the gums \tA knocked-out tooth If you\u2019re dealing with one or more of the above symptoms, you may want to seek treatment as soon as you can. Some, like a knocked-out tooth, are extremely time-sensitive. And swollen gums can be a sign of infection in the gum tissue or the tooth\u2019s root. The good news is many problems have easy solutions if you treat them right away. Your dentist will be able to examine you and figure out the exact cause as well as offer the proper remedy. What if I Have a Dental Emergency at Night or on the Weekend? You have no control over when your emergency happens. Pain can strike at any time of the night or day. If you have dental pain during these off-hours, don\u2019t think you need to wait until normal business hours resume before you can find relief. When it comes to emergencies, the sooner you seek treatment, the better. That\u2019s why we\u2019ll do our best to get you scheduled as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have serious dental pain, consider some immediate options until you can see a dentist, such as: \tTake Tylenol to decrease the pain \tApply an ice pack or cold compress to reduce any swelling \tUse an over-the-counter pain relief gel (available at any drugstore) \tRinse your mouth with warm saltwater to provide temporary relief to swelling or pain While these suggestions won\u2019t provide a permanent solution, they are useful for achieving temporary relief until you can seek out long-term results. You should still visit a dentist at the earliest convenience so they can figure out the root cause of your pain. And keep in mind, if you\u2019re experiencing a life-threatening emergency, don\u2019t wait. Call 911 or go to an emergency room or urgent care clinic immediately. Get Your Dental Emergency Treated ASAP If you\u2019re unsure and are still asking yourself, \u201cDo I have a dental emergency?\u201d then call the Lovett Dental offices at and one of our helpful staff members will answer any questions you may have. And if you can say for sure, \u201cI have a dental emergency,\u201d then don\u2019t suffer in silence. If you delay making an appointment, you put yourself at risk for additional problems and even irreversible damage. The sooner you seek treatment, the simpler the solution will be. Call to make an appointment and get your problems treated right away.