Millions of people suffer from Urgent Dental Care Problems -- Urgent Dental Care Chat, Emergency Dentistry Questions Chatting with us at DentalChat:  The numbers of people who miss work or miss school because of dental emergencies or require Urgent Dental Care is staggering.

This was from Sen Bernie Sanders report published in Slate magazine in June 2015 described how "untreated dental problems result in missed work and school, poor nutrition, and a decline in overall well-being." The 2000 U.S. Surgeon General’s report of Oral Health in America that was published in 2000 -  "noted that students miss more than 51 million hours of school and employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due to dental disease or dental visits. A more recent study published in 2009 found that 504,000 children age 5 to 17 missed at least one day of school due to a toothache or other oral health problem in California alone."  According to CDC.gov 

  • "Percent of children aged 5-19 years with untreated dental caries: 18.6% (2011-2014)"
  • "Percent of adults aged 20-44 with untreated dental caries: 31.6% (2011-2014)"

Hence, many people are walking around with untreated dental problems - that can result in urgent dental care issues.  Here are 4 common dental urgent care problems - severe Tooth Pain from a cavity or broken tooth left untreated, a dental accident from falling down/ sports injury, wisdom tooth problem (3rd Molars problems) or a broken dental appliance. dental filling / denture. 

Dental abscess needs to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. Having a severe dental infection abscess from a cavity can be very serious. Sometimes, people can have serious facial swelling and will need immediate care - if they do not find a dentist, many people end up going to the ER for these serious dental infections.  For people with severe dental infections, they will need dental treatment, and many times are prescribed antibiotics as well. 

Wisdom tooth or Wisdom Teeth problems usually occurs for teenagers, as that is when these 3rd molars start coming in. 

In all urgent dental care issues, the sooner can get to a dentist the better.  If have severe pain or infection, and can not see a dentist then the ER (if a dentist is not available May be necessary) - Getting to the dentist may be necessary sooner than later, if have a toothache that keeps coming and going.  Generally, a true dental cavity does not just go away.  Teeth sensitivity is different, say fro those with worn out facial areas of teeth, etc. 

Getting a regular dental exam, prophy and xrays periodically, is recommended - so, as to check for any possible occurence of  a dental cavity, etc.  We will be discussing other Emergency Dentistry Questions here in future articles.