4 Signs You Need Emergency Dental Care

Emergency Dental Care
in Keene & Joshua, TX

Damage to teeth and gums can’t be ignored. It’s always important to act quickly if something is wrong, but some dental issues are more pressing than others. How can you know the difference between a dental problem that needs to be solved soon and a problem that needs to be solved now?

We never want our patients in Keene and Joshua, TX to put off a dental procedure when it could lead to lasting harm, so we’ve compiled a list of important warning signs that mean you should get your teeth checked out as soon as possible. After all, you’ve only got so many teeth — it’s best to keep them all in good shape.

Prioritize Your Oral Health: Recognizing Signs of Dental Emergencies

1. Broken or missing teeth

  • Obvious Damage: Cracked, chipped, or knocked-out teeth constitute dental emergencies.
  • Immediate Steps: Rinse your mouth with warm water and contact us for an appointment. For a dislodged tooth, try placing it back gently (avoiding the root) or storing it in your mouth for our examination.

2. Dental abscesses

  • Infection Alert: Signs like shiny, swollen gums, fever, or radiating pain suggest an abscess, even if unseen.
  • Urgent Visit Needed: See us promptly, but avoid cold drinks until your appointment. Gentle cleaning with a soft toothbrush might ease discomfort.

3. Lost filling or crown

  • Missing Restoration: A lost crown or filling requires action. Preserve it if possible – we might be able to reuse it.
  • Temporary Care: Rinse the area with warm salt water and maintain gentle brushing until your Keene or Joshua dental office visit.

4. Significant pain or swelling in the teeth, gums or jaw

  • Pain is a Red Flag: Persistent pain or swelling in your teeth, gums, or jaw is never normal. It could indicate major damage or infection.
  • Seek Professional Advice: Contact us to determine if an immediate appointment is necessary. Ignoring these signs can lead to lasting damage, tooth loss, or even medical complications.

We want your tooth pain or mouth pain to stop.

First and foremost, if you are in pain, we want to help you get some relief. Then we can address any underlying causes to solve the problem using dental best practices. If you believe you’re experiencing a dental emergency, give Old Betsy Dental of Keene a call at (817) 641-2272 or Old Betsy Dental of Joshua a call at (817) 295-4500 as soon as possible. We’ll get you an appointment in the near future, so you can go back to your life and leave tooth pain behind.

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Old Betsy Dental of Keene

104 S Old Betsy Rd
Keene, TX 76059
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Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: Closed


(817) 641-2272

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[email protected]

Old Betsy Dental of Joshua

3513 SW Wilshire Blvd
Joshua, TX 76058
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Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Saturday: 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


(817) 295-4500

Email Address

[email protected]