A dental emergency can be loosely defined as any dental situation that involves intense pain or trauma, such that it cannot wait for a regularly scheduled dental appointment. Emergency dentistry can help you feel better immediately, and can stop the damage before it begins to worsen.
What Are Some Common Dental Emergencies?
Dental emergencies run the gamut of causes, from blows to the head to abscesses caused by advanced tooth decay. Here are just a few common reasons to seek emergency dentistry:
- Toothache: A toothache is probably the most common reason to seek emergency dental care. Toothaches have many root causes, but can be exquisitely painful and nearly impossible to ignore.
- Knocked-out Tooth: Knocked-out teeth are an unfortunately common result of head trauma, from falls to sports injuries, and are especially common in children. Rinse the tooth, reinsert it or place it in a glass of milk, and seek emergency assistance within 30 minutes.
- Dental Abscess: A dental abscess is a highly painful infection that often appears as swelling of the gums, lymph nodes, and even face. Abscesses can be caused by trauma, but are most often the result of serious tooth decay.
- Broken Tooth: Teeth can break from decay or trauma. Breaks often occur when biting into hard food, such as a bagel, but can happen at any time. If possible, rinse and save the pieces, as your dentist might be able to cement a clean break together as a temporary solution.
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What Does Emergency Dentistry Do?
Emergency dentistry plays a very important role in overall dental care, but it is not a substitute for regular checkups and treatments. The goal of emergency dentistry is to relieve pain and keep the damage from worsening. For example, you might receive a tooth extraction, a temporary crown, or some other measure designed to alleviate the immediate issue.
However, you will then need to schedule a follow-up visit for a long-term solution such as a dental implant or a permanent crown. After treating the emergency, your dentist will explain your options for a permanent solution and let you know what the next step will be.
How Do I Know if I Need Emergency Dental Care?
Always err on the side of caution. If you feel like you need emergency dental care, seek it right away. Some issues, such as a knocked-out tooth, have only a brief window of time in which it is possible to save the tooth. Other issues, such as a dental abscess, tend to worsen quickly and can even cause systemic illnesses throughout your body.
Seek emergency treatment whenever you have sudden or severe pain, trauma, or other symptoms. In addition, if you sustain a mouth injury, it is a good idea to get checked out as soon as possible, even if you do not appear to have visible oral damage.
Why Should I Choose Savannah Dental Solutions?
Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome new patients to Savannah Dental Solutions. Our care for your entire family begins with making everyone feel comfortable during their visits. We recognize that parents, spouses, and other loved ones can sometimes be more anxious than the patient! Our compassionate approach works with everyone involved to ease fears and foster a relaxed environment.
We also strive to teach our patients the latest strategies for caring for their teeth on a daily basis. From small children to older adults, everyone has unique needs and challenges, and we work to customize our care for each person. We genuinely enjoy our patients, and look forward to seeing them year after year.
From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, Savannah Dental Solutions blends the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. If you need emergency dental care, or are ready to start your journey to better oral health, we invite you to call us today at (912) 354-1366.