A dental emergency is any sudden or severe dental problem that requires immediate medical attention in order to prevent further injury or damage.
WHAT IS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
A dental emergency can occur at virtually any time, regardless of how well you take care of your smile. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for many of these emergencies to leave a patient in severe pain and discomfort. For this reason, you’ll want to consider coming in for treatment as soon as you notice there’s a problem. We offer treatment in a relaxed, highly comfortable setting for patients of all ages.
WHY DO YOU NEED TREATMENT FOR A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
A dental emergency can get worse in a short period of time without proper treatment. Something that would be considered more minor can escalate to where it is a real issue. In some cases, infections may occur and need treatment alongside the actual emergency that you’re dealing with at the moment. This is why we recommend quick, adequate treatment as soon as possible.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MORE COMMON DENTAL EMERGENCIES?
We see several different dental emergencies on any given day. For this reason, we recommend coming in to be seen whenever you notice something is wrong. Some of the more common emergencies include,
- Severe toothache and pain
- Abscessing and infections
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Lost fillings, crowns or bridgework
- Broken or lost appliances (dentures, night guards)
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WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED WHILE UNDERGOING DENTAL EMERGENCY TREATMENT?
The first thing we’ll do is ask you about the problem you’re currently experiencing. This allows us to see if an x-ray is necessary, and if it is, we will work to take one quickly and easily. We examine the x-ray and your teeth to determine the root cause of the actual problem. You will then have treatment administered while you’re in the office, which helps prevent the problem from worsening. We will prescribe antibiotics if there is an active infection present at the time of your appointment.
If you think you might have an emergency and want to come in to see someone, call our office today, and our helpful staff members can further assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions
A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate medical attention from a dentist due to mouth pain, cracked or chipped teeth, abscesses, lost teeth, or any other mouth–related injuries.
If you have a dental emergency, it is important to see a dentist right away. If you cannot get to a dentist easily, try to relieve symptoms with OTC medications and/or antibiotic rinses. If possible, contact your dentist to discuss emergency options, such as after–hours treatment.
Generally speaking, you should not call 911 unless you are having a life–threatening medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. If you are having a dental emergency, contact your dentist right away to discuss your options.
If you cannot get to a dentist right away, try to ease your symptoms with OTC medications. Additionally, rinsing your mouth with a warm salt–water solution can also help with pain and swelling. If you believe that your emergency requires immediate medical attention, then you should go to an emergency room.