Dental emergencies happen—and they usually happen at the most inopportune times.
If you are in pain because of a toothache or injury or you have had a tooth knocked loose or completely out, don’t hesitate to call White Smiles Family Dental. During a dental emergency, the sooner you can see a dentist, the better. We do our best to work emergency dental patients into our existing schedules on the very same day when possible.
What Constitutes an Emergency Situation?
One of the most common emergencies we see in our office is when a patient has a toothache that has gone from mild to intolerable over a short period of time. In most cases, the reason for the toothache is an infection that has developed in the tooth root. This generally means a root canal is necessary. Other reasons for a toothache include a lost filling or an abscess.
If you have suffered some kind of trauma, such as can occur in an auto accident or from a hit to the mouth, you might need immediate care if a tooth has broken or been knocked out completely. The sooner you can be seen, the better the chances of saving your tooth.
When a tooth has been knocked from its socket, try to put it back into the socket and hold it there with your tongue. If it won’t stay, you can also hold the tooth between your gum and cheek, taking care not to swallow it. Keep it there until you can get to the dentist.
If you have suffered trauma and think your jaw might be broken or you are bleeding and you cannot get it to stop, head straight to the nearest emergency room.
A lost filling or crown usually doesn't fall under the “emergency” category, and you can probably wait to be seen until the next available appointment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It might surprise most people to learn that many dental emergencies are avoidable.
Most dental emergencies come as a result of people skipping regular dental examinations and cleanings. Often people avoid going to the dentist out of fear or because it doesn’t fit into their busy schedule. This means that a small issue that could have been detected and fixed during a preventive care visit, such as a tiny cavity, can escalate into a painful tooth infection that needs a root canal.
Simply put, regular preventive care is the best way to avoid dental emergencies.
Need to Be Seen Right Away?
Give us a call if you have a dental emergency. Dr. White will do his best to see you on the same day.
Better yet, make an appointment for a routine checkup—especially if it’s been a while since your last dental appointment. You’ll find that our friendly and experienced staff are not there to make judgments; they simply want to help you get on the path to better oral health.
Contact us today!