In an ideal world, all your dental needs would be matters of simple maintenance and would occur during regular office hours. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Our office is committed to meeting all your oral health needs both during office hours and after hours. We have an emergency dentist on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Often, patients who visit our dental office recount stories of visits to local emergency rooms for dental treatment. While the doctors and nurses may be ready for all types of medical emergencies, many hospitals do not have someone with emergency dentistry skills on staff. These patients are often surprised that we would have gladly met them at our office for after-hours emergency care.
It bears repeating that there are some situations which cannot wait until the next day or after the weekend has passed. Here are a few guidelines to help you determine if you are facing a situation that requires emergency dentistry.
- A CRACKED OR BROKEN TOOTH- While our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are times when an odd occurrence causes a crack or a break. Should this happen to you, get in touch with our office right away. Seeing our emergency dentist is especially vital if your tooth has broken into several pieces. In this case, the break may extend below the gum line to the tooth’s root.
- AN ABSCESSED TOOTH- An abscess is an infection at the root of your tooth. It is something that needs attention; the infection can quickly spread to other parts of your body. Some signs of an abscess include a throbbing pain that is unrelenting, swelling of your face on the side that has tooth pain, a fever and pain in the cheek or ears. Immediate care for an abscess is crucial, so do not delay seeking help.
- YOU LOSE AN ADULT TOOTH- We frequently see cases of teeth being knocked out during sports or other activities, sometimes a tooth will fall out because of an accident, and occasionally multiple teeth will be lost. Should you lose a tooth, do not touch the root, wrap the tooth in clean gauze or put it in a small cup of milk, and bring your tooth to our office. You need to see our dentist as soon as possible. We may be able to save your tooth if we take action right away.
If you think you need emergency dental care, please contact our office so that we can give you immediate attention.
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