A dental emergency can make you feel helpless, and many people don’t know where to turn when they need emergency dental care on the weekend or late at night. Emergency dentists can help you in your time of need.
First, Call Your Usual Dentist
When you’re facing a dental emergency, call your usual dentist. Most dentists’ offices have after-hours phone numbers for you to call in an emergency.
If your regular dentist is unavailable, check with family or friends for a quick referral, or try doing a Google search for “emergency dentist” and the name of your city. Google search results will often display reviews so that you can see other patients’ opinions.
These are other sites you can use to find a dentist near you and check their reviews:
How Do I Know if I Need Emergency Dental Care?
If you believe you require emergency dental care, schedule an appointment immediately. It’s better to be cautious. If a tooth has been knocked out, there’s only a brief window of time to save it. Other conditions, such as a dental abscess, tend to deteriorate rapidly and can even lead to systemic illness in your body.
Seek emergency dental treatment if you experience severe or sudden pain. If you sustain a mouth injury, seek medical attention immediately, even if there is no visible oral damage.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Broken or cracked tooth – A broken or cracked tooth can cause bleeding and infection, both of which should be treated immediately.
Tooth abscess – Tooth abscesses can occur when bacteria infect the pulp of your tooth or when there is an injury to an existing cavity. Abscesses can cause intense pain and swelling.
Lost filling – If a filling falls out and you don’t have it replaced promptly, food debris could get trapped in your gums and may lead to infection.
Loose crowns or bridges – Loose crowns or bridges should be replaced as soon as possible.
Toothache – If you’re in severe pain, seek dental treatment as soon as possible.
Steps to Take While Waiting to See a Dentist
When something happens to your teeth or gums, try these three steps to ease discomfort until you can see a dentist:
- Rinse with warm water to flush out any debris and to help stop any bleeding.
- Apply pressure to the painful area. If you’re bleeding from a specific tooth or laceration, try applying a piece of gauze to the area to absorb the blood and to help stop the bleeding. Apply a cold compress to help alleviate any swelling.
- For a toothache, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol (acetaminophen) if necessary to relieve pain and swelling. Avoid Advil (ibuprofen) if there’s any bleeding.
Savannah Dental Solutions Can Treat Your Dental Emergency
Savannah Dental Solutions is a family-owned and operated practice that offers emergency dental care. Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome new patients and can help put even the most nervous patients at ease. Savannah Dental Solutions combines traditional customer-oriented values with the latest technology. If you need emergency dental care or are ready to start your journey to better oral health, contact us online or call us today at (912) 354-1366.
Emergency dentistry refers to the treatment of urgent dental issues. Most dentists provide this service to their patients on a need basis. Emergency dentistry covers a variety of different problems that need to be addressed right away and cannot wait until a regular appointment. Some may be truly emergent, and others may be able to wait until the next day.
Here are some examples of dental emergencies.
Severe Tooth Pain
If you or your child has a severe toothache, the kind that can’t be ignored or treated with over the counter pain relievers, you should call your dentist. A toothache typically means that the tooth is infected, most likely from a cavity that is so deep that it has reached through the enamel and into the root canal of the tooth where the nerves are. Your tooth will most likely need a root canal procedure, which involves removing all of the soft pulp from inside the tooth and filling the tooth with dental material. The tooth may also require a crown.
Your dentist may be able to see you the same day if you call during normal business hours. After hours it may need to wait until the next day depending on the severity.
Dislodged or Knocked Out Tooth
If you or your child has knocked out a tooth, first determine if it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. A permanent tooth should be put back into place as soon as possible or placed in a glass of milk or saliva. (A baby tooth should not be put back in the mouth). Bring the permanent tooth with you to your appointment. Your dentist will attempt to put a permanent tooth back in place. If this is not possible, you may need a replacement tooth, such as a dental implant or a bridge.
Call your dentist immediately for a knocked out tooth because time is of the essence. They will most likely see you right away.
Broken, Chipped, or Cracked Tooth
Sometimes a tooth remains in place, but gets broken, cracked, or chipped. Depending on the severity, it may be able to wait until the next day. If you are in severe pain, call your dentist right away no matter what time it is. If the break is minor, call your dentist during regular business hours. But don’t wait more than 24 hours to address it. Even the smallest chip or crack can leave your tooth vulnerable to decay.
Soft Tissue Pain
If you have severe pain in the soft tissues of your mouth, such as your gums, the inside of your cheeks or lips, or your tongue, call your dentist. You may have an abscess, which is an infected sore that forms in your mouth. Your dentist will ask you some questions to determine how severe your situation is and when to see you.
When You Should Seek Emergency Care From a Hospital
Some situations are so severe that you should go immediately to an emergency room or call 911:
- Excessive bleeding. If the dental trauma has caused excessive bleeding that won’t stop when regular first aid practices are applied, proceed to the nearest emergency room.
- Someone is unconscious or unresponsive. If the person with the dental emergency is unresponsive or unconscious, call 911 immediately.
- Trouble breathing. If the person is having difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately.
- Severe swelling that has spread over the face. If there is severe swelling that has spread to other parts of the face, such as the eyes, proceed to the nearest emergency room.
- Tooth or soft tissue pain with high fever (101+). Soft tissue pain is usually an indication of an infection. When infection is accompanied by a fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, proceed to the nearest emergency room.
Need an Emergency Dentist? Contact Savannah Dental Solutions
If you’re in need of an emergency dentist, Savannah Dental Solutions is here for you. Call (912) 354-1366 immediately and we will see you in our office as soon as possible. If you call us after hours, simply follow the prompts on the after hours voicemail and someone will contact you shortly. If the situation becomes life threatening, don’t wait for a call back. Call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
For regular, non-urgent appointments, call (912) 354-1366 or contact us. We look forward to providing quality dental care for the whole family.
A variety of activities can create an emergency visit to the dentist: Eating, playing, exercising, and random acts of clumsiness. Knowing what to do and planning for such dental emergencies can reduce stress and potentially save your teeth.
What are dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies can happen when a tooth cracks, breaks, becomes loose or gets completely knocked out. Existing dental work can become loose or fall out. In either situation your mouth, cheeks, gums, and lips can be cut.
Prevention is the best approach. If you are playing sports, wear a mouth guard. Don’t bite foreign objects.
What if my tooth gets knocked out?
If you lose a tooth completely, call us for an appointment. If you can get here within an hour of losing the tooth, chances are better for saving the tooth. Remember, to bring us the tooth. Many trauma’s create panic and patients forget to retrieve the tooth from the scene. Handle it by the part that bites, not the root.
Touching the root can harm the cells necessary to reattaching the tooth. If you can rinse the tooth (don’t scrub) and place the tooth in your mouth (between the cheek and gum) it will keep the tooth moist. Don’t let the tooth dry out. If you cannot put the tooth between your cheek and gum, wrap the tooth in cloth saturated in milk or saline solution (contact lens solution).
What if my tooth is cracked or chipped?
Chipped teeth are actually minor fractures. If you chip or fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth in warm water and apply an icepack to reduce swelling. Call us for an appointment as soon as possible.
What if my mouth is injured?
Damage to your teeth can cause tears, cuts, punctures and lacerations to your mouth, cheek, tongue or lips. Clean the area with warm water. Contact an oral surgeon for treatment. A trip to the emergency room may be necessary. Areas bleeding heavily will need direct pressure using the hand with gauze.
Keep a dental emergency kit handy
• Savannah Dental Solution’s phone number (912) 354-1366
• Handkerchief and gauze
• Saline solution
• Small lidded container
• Ibuprofen (Don’t use aspirin. It will thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding)