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What do I do when a dental emergency happens? What is a true dental emergency? What will be done when I come to the office looking for an emergency dentist? These are questions we intend to answer below!
Dental emergencies include but are not limited to:
- Pain in the teeth (throbbing, sharp, etc.)
- Lost or chipped teeth from trauma during sports or more serious events like motor vehicle accidents.
- Injured gums or soft tissue that is bleeding excessively, causing discomfort or is growing abnormally.
- Broken dental caps, crowns, fillings and other work can cause discomfort and even lacerations to the tongue if not smoothed. These situations can be handled easily with one of our doctors.
- If a tooth is lost or avulsed, pick it up by the crown (white enamel) and place in a cup of milk or even saliva from the person whom lost the tooth and call us immediately.
- If the tooth is lost but a more severe injury has occurred, call 9-1-1 emergency services and save the tooth for post-emergency care.
Typically, it is necessary for us to take an x-ray image(radiograph) and evaluate your symptoms when you’re in desperate need of care. Symptoms associated with teeth like prolonged sensitivity to hot/cold and keeping you awake at night indicate a more serious condition with the tooth that is most likely irreversible. Symptoms such as slight sensitivity to temperature changes or biting pressure usually indicate a more reversible problem.
So what do we need to do when your tooth is irreversibly damaged and waking you up at night? Without going into great detail, the two options are simply to have a root canal performed to save the tooth or have the tooth extracted. Since we are dentists, we love saving teeth but if a tooth needs to be removed due to extensive decay, we have plenty of replacement options if you would like to fill that space. If a reversible problem is present, a simple replacement filling or even a bite adjustment may completely rid you of any sensitivity. Also, I can ensure you that our office will go to great lengths to keep you comfortable no matter the treatment of choice. We offer exceptional sedation options and are known for “catering to cowards.”