Is it a Cavity? What to Know During a Pandemic

010 stages of tooth decay

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many dentists in Calgary have had to close their offices for services outside of essential care and dental emergencies. By Calgary dentists continuing to provide emergency treatments, families are able to avoid making unnecessary trips to hospital emergency rooms where they risk exposure to the novel coronavirus.


But what if you think you have a cavity in your tooth? Do toothaches or tooth decay qualify as situations where emergency dentistry is warranted?


The short answer is it depends.


With tooth decay, symptoms like pain, throbbing, or sharp sensitivity can come and go. Often, the discomfort can prevent you from being able to do normal daily activities like eating or drinking. If that’s the case, you need to see a Calgary emergency dentist. Why? Because problems like toothaches and cavities don’t go away on their own. In fact, they’ll usually get worse and evolve into more complex conditions.


It’s better to treat a cavity as soon as you feel the pain flaring up before it turns into a full-blown emergency.


So how can you know whether it’s safe to see a dentist? First, we recommend calling our Calgary emergency dentist number, which is monitored 24/7 (even if our office isn’t open.) From there, one of our staff or Dr. Esmail will contact you to talk through your symptoms and level of pain. If we determine that you probably have a cavity that’s causing your toothache, we can discuss the next steps to take. That may be a temporary filling or seeing you in our office for a permanent restoration. For more information, visit the Canadian Dental Association for the latest on COVID-19 protocols.


At Rocky Ridge Dental, we provide same day Calgary emergency dentistry for all ages. New patients are always welcome. Book and appointment or speak with one of our dental professionals at the Rocky Ridge dental office by calling us at (403) 244 2273.

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