Should I See an Emergency Dentist for Tooth Sensitivity?

September 12, 2023

Painful Experience

Drinking a glass of water or sipping on hot soup can be a painful experience if you have tooth sensitivity. Under normal circumstances, this type of dental problem could be easily addressed by making an appointment with your emergency dentist; however, due to COVID-19, the severity of your problem will determine if you are “eligible” to seek immediate care. With dental offices only seeing individuals with severe dental injuries, how can you know if your toothache is serious enough to warrant a visit? Find out how to tell if you should be jumping in the car and on your way to the dentist’s office or treating your situation at home.

What Your Sensitive Teeth Are Telling You

There’s nothing worse than preparing to enjoy one of your favorite meals only to be blindsided by throbbing tooth pain. Although normal for most people to experience a mild level of tooth sensitivity, an underlying issue could be the reason you’re not enjoying that delicious bowl of ice cream.

If you have a sensitive tooth, it could be that one of the following reasons is causing you immense pain:

  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Gum disease
  • Worn dental fillings

Sensitivity can also be caused by a chipped or fractured tooth. Even if you do not experience pain from the injury itself, the damage can make it difficult to eat or drink certain foods or beverages.

Is It Necessary to See a Dentist?

If you’re looking at your emergency dentist for immediate help, it may be that you’ll need to wait a little longer before receiving professional assistance. Here’s why:

COVID-19 has caused dentist offices to close their doors. Only taking appointments and seeing patients with serious dental emergencies, this cuts down on the number of people coming in each day, minimizing the risk of possible virus transmission.

But if you’re wondering if your tooth sensitivity is “serious enough” to see a dentist, that will be left up to the team member you speak with when calling the office. After evaluating the information you provide, they can determine if you should go ahead and come in or wait to see the dentist until offices reopen. In most cases, if your tooth pain is extreme and caused by an infection, your dental professional will need to see you as soon as possible.

However, it is also possible that your dentist may suggest an immediate visit if your problem warrants a surgical gum graft or root canal. These will likely only be necessary if other treatments do not take care of the problem.

How to Take Care of Your Sensitive Teeth at Home

Some of the most common recommendations you might receive by your dental team include:

  • Purchasing a toothpaste designed to combat sensitivity
  • Avoiding hot or cold foods/beverages for awhile
  • Avoiding brushing your teeth too hard
  • Using dental wax to cover any chipped or jagged areas of your teeth

Whether you are suffering from a serious toothache or you’ve busted your lip while playing ball with your child, always make sure to call your dentist’s office for assistance. They’re available to help and will offer the best course of action to help keep you and your smile safe during this time.

About the Practice

The Dental People of Katy, TX, is locally owned and operated. Each of our dentists is trained and equipped to handle all your dental needs, and our staff wants to help stay safe during these uncertain times. Whether faced with a knocked-out tooth or increased sensitivity, calling our office and alerting us to the situation is important. We can better determine if you need immediate care or proper instructions to take care of your situation at home. If a dental emergency occurs, contact us at (281) 769-7648 and let us help.



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