What are Dental Emergencies?
Dental emergencies can occur at any time and for a variety of reasons. They can leave you in pain, feeling frustrated, and with severe discomfort. Dental emergencies involve trauma to one or more of your teeth that require immediate intervention, either to save your life or to save your teeth. We offer emergency care for both new and existing patients. We can provide help for adult and pediatric patients alike.
Why is Dental Emergency treatment needed?
Dental emergency treatment is needed when you are in severe pain, bleeding or if you accidentally lose a tooth. If you have an infection in your teeth, this can be potentially life threatening, and treatment should be immediate. If you have an infection, you may notice swelling around your face or in your gums. Generally, any dental issue that needs immediate treatment in order to alleviate intense pain, or stop profuse bleeding, or to save a tooth, is considered a dental emergency. In a dental emergency scenario, you will need to meet with an emergency dentist or go to the ER.
What are some common Dental Emergencies?
An emergency often leaves a person in pain and dealing with severe discomfort. We provide care for a variety of different emergency situations. Some of the more common emergencies we handle on a daily basis include:
- Pain and toothache
- Abscesses and infections
- Post-operative emergencies
- Orthodontic emergencies
- Cracked, fractured, or broken teeth
- Loose or lost restorations
- Gum bleeding or inflammation
- Wisdom tooth pain
What happens during the Dental Emergency appointment?
Procedures for dental emergencies will vary depending upon what the emergency is. If your tooth gets knocked out, it is possible to reinstate the tooth back into the socket with a trained dentist. If you can, try to place your tooth in a small container of milk and get to the dentist as quickly as possible so that you can save your tooth. If your dental emergency involves a cracked or chipped tooth that is seriously fractured, you will want to rinse your mouth with warm water. You may also want to take acetaminophen for the pain. If you have an abscessed tooth, that is also considered a dental emergency, because it can spread to other tissues in your body and potentially threaten your life.
If you want to learn more information about dental emergencies, call our office today and our staff will happily assist you.