Simply Smile Family Dentistry
Simply Smile Family Dentistry
Sabrina Dailey, DDS
7457 Patterson Rd., Ste. 107
Columbia, SC 29209

How Do I Know If My Dental Issue Is an Emergency

girl holding her jaw with tooth pain

At Simply Smile Family Dentistry, we know that sometimes it can be hard to tell whether your dental issue is just a minor annoyance that can be addressed during your next appointment or if it is a true dental emergency that requires immediate attention. Dr. Dailey and our team have put together the following list of common dental issues to help you determine what to do in case you start experiencing any of the following!

1. A Tooth Gets Knocked Out

If your tooth gets knocked out, do not panic. Instead, you can gently rinse the tooth and try to reinsert it into the socket. If you are unable, then put the tooth in a small container of milk and see us as quickly as possible. If you follow these steps, there is a good chance that Dr. Dailey will be able to preserve your tooth.

2. Toothache

Depending on the severity of your toothache, you may be able to wait a few days to see us. In the meantime, you can try rinsing with warm salt water or using a cold compress to ease the ache. However, keep an eye out for any signs that your toothache may be something more severe: swelling of your face, bumps on your gums, or running a fever may be a sign that your toothache is actually an abscess that needs immediate treatment.


3. Chipped or Broken Tooth

Believe it or not, a chipped or broken tooth is not necessarily a dental emergency. If you don’t feel any pain, you can wait to see us. However, if you are experiencing severe pain or if the pieces of your cracked tooth are causing other issues in your mouth, call our office immediately.


Whenever you’re in doubt about whether your dental issue is an actual dental emergency, give our office a call. Our team will help determine the best course of action for you that will have you feeling better as soon as possible. To ask us any questions or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today!

Contact Us

(803) 807-2140
Simply Smile Family Dentistry
Sabrina Dailey, DDS
Michael Kay, DDS
7457 Patterson Rd., Ste. 107
Columbia, SC 29209
Simply Smile Family Dentistry

Simply Smile Family Dentistry