Any type of tooth pain that comes on suddenly and severely is considered an acute dental emergency. Some examples would be a cracked tooth, broken filling, large cavity, dental abscess, localized periodontitis (gum disease) or ulcer of some sort.
The difference between an acute and chronic dental infection is that something chronic may be more of a dull pain or a situation that’s been ongoing for quite some time. For instance, generalized periodontal disease, gum recession and bone loss, tooth mobility, halitosis, ongoing tooth abscesses, etc.
People might be more likely to see our Calgary emergency dentist if they’re experiencing an acute dental infection, simply because of the pain involved and inability to eat normally. But chronic dental concerns deserve just as much attention, because they can alter the health and integrity of surrounding teeth.
If you’re seeing us for acute dental pain, the first thing we’ll likely do is numb the tooth to alleviate any discomfort. From there, we can further evaluate what’s going on and discuss viable options to address your pain and keep it from coming back. This process might involve an interim treatment until you can return for a more long-term restorative plan.