Common Reasons You May Need an Emergency Dentist

Posted on: October 31, 2014

Emergency DentistThere are many reasons to see an emergency dentist, and while a painful cavity may top the list, you may find yourself in need of one even if your teeth are healthy.  The American Dental Association reported that most adults that damage their teeth do so while playing sports so even if you are cavity free, a weekend baseball game may create a problem.  If your tooth does become chipped, cracked, or even fall out, we can provide the help you need quickly.  By offering extended hours and taking last minute appointments, we provide dental care when you need it.If you experience, any of these symptoms, call and schedule an appointment right away.
  • Severe bleeding.  If your mouth is bleeding and won’t stop, come to our office.  We will find out where the bleeding is coming from and treat the area so that it can stop.  Make sure to avoid blood thinners like aspirin since that will make it harder for the blood to clot.
  • Intense pain.  When experiencing intense oral pain, it can be difficult to do anything else.  As an emergency dentist, we understand and want to treat the source of your pain as quickly as possible.  This could be a cavity, a broken tooth, swollen gums, and more.  Whatever the reason, our goal is to identify the source and treat it immediately so that you can feel better.
  • Missing crown or filling.  If you notice that your crown or filling has either become loose or fallen off, come see us immediately.  Otherwise, the tooth that was protected by your crown will become even more sensitive and could be at risk for an infection plus you will become more and more uncomfortable.
  • Swollen face or jaw.  If you start to swell up it could be a sign of a more serious infection called a dental abscess.  An abscess is something that requires immediate treatment because the infection can spread into the floor of your mouth and create the need for oral surgery.  We need to drain the infection before it can heal so the sooner you see us the better.
  • Missing tooth.  If your tooth has fallen out we may be able to save it.  Locate the tooth and rinse it under warm water without scraping anything off of it.  Rinse your mouth and place the tooth into a cup of milk.  Visit our office right away and we will see what can be done.  If your tooth is beyond saving, we can offer other solutions for replacing it.
You never know when an emergency will strike and that makes it impossible to schedule an appointment in advance.  We understand this and don’t require you to do so.  As an emergency dentist, we are here when you need us so if you have oral pain or have damaged a tooth, call and schedule an immediate appointment.  If we don’t answer, we will return your call as quickly as possible in order to provide the treatment that you need.

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