Even though dental emergencies are impossible to completely avoid, there are some ways that you can dramatically reduce your risk of experiencing one:
Brush your teeth twice each day and floss daily.
Visit our dental office for routine checkups and cleanings.
Don’t use your teeth to open packages or chew on hard items like pens or ice.
Wear an athletic mouthguard whenever you play sports.
Avoid bad oral habits such as nail-biting and smoking.
When a dental emergency occurs, most people have no idea what to do. Above all else, we recommend trying to remain calm. Then, give your emergency dentist a call. Once you’re on the phone with us, a member of our team will handle it from there. As you wait for your appointment, it may help soothe your worries to read through this list of some of our most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry.
It can be easy to downplay an oral health problem, such as a toothache, and say that you don’t need treatment right away. However, waiting too long can cause the issue to worsen and require more invasive treatment later on. For this reason, you should call us right away if you experience any of the following:
Bleeding from your mouth
Broken or dislodged tooth or dental restoration
Severe pain in your mouth
If you’re suffering from one of the above problems, you’ll very likely need prompt treatment. Even if it turns out to not be a major issue, it’s much better to err on the side of caution and have our team examine you anyway.
In the vast majority of cases, a dentist is much better equipped to handle a dental emergency than anyone at the ER. Most of the ER doctors are not qualified to perform dentistry, so they can’t address the root cause of your problem. At best, they may prescribe painkillers or antibiotics. They’ll usually end up referring you to a dentist anyway. Calling our office instead can save you time and money.
There are, however, times when you’re better off seeking immediate medical treatment at the ER. If you have a broken jawbone or are experiencing uncontrollable swelling or bleeding, head to the nearest ER as soon as possible.
More often than not, no. Something to keep in mind is that, in general, healthy teeth do not hurt. A toothache usually indicates a problem that needs treatment. An untreated cavity or infection in a tooth can worsen, spreading to surrounding areas of your mouth or even other parts of your body.
Dental anxiety is a fairly common fear; it affects an estimated 20% of Americans to some extent. We understand that visiting a dentist can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re experiencing an emergency. Fortunately, we offer sedation to help you relax. It melts all your worries away and reduces your body’s ability to feel pain, making it much easier to receive the care you need to keep your smile healthy.