There are only a few reasons you might need an emergency dentist. If you have a problem with what is considered to be cosmetic dentistry, or something only affecting your appearance, it’s not considered an emergency. However, the types of situations that might require checking in with an emergency dentist might include things like:
- Tooth pain that is severe
- A tooth that breaks or cracks
- Dentures (partial or full) that break or crack
- An injury caused by an accident or sports activity
- A tooth gets knocked out
What will the dentist do to manage the pain?
The dental professional will make an assessment before deciding how to manage your pain. Much of his care plan will depend on what is wrong and how severe it is. If you got a tooth knocked out it will depend on if it’s a baby tooth or an adult tooth. A baby tooth shouldn’t be put back in the mouth, but a permanent tooth should be. If a tooth is broken, the dentist will need to fix it as soon as possible to help the pain subside.
What if the tooth is not knocked out or isn’t broken, but it is just loose? This can still be an emergency situation and the dentist will be able to splint it to adjacent teeth so it is better stabilized. He needs to do this to keep it from coming out.
If you have a severe toothache that just will not let up, you can get some help for the pain from a dentist. He can provide a prescription for a strong pain reliever that should help considerably. They may also want to prescribe an antibiotic if the pain is being caused by an infection or an abscess.
Dealing with Other Types of Emergencies
Sometimes it can be difficult to decide if you have a dental emergency or not. Basically, any situation that needs immediate treatment to save a tooth, stop bleeding or stop severe pain should be considered an emergency. Severe infections and abscesses are considered emergencies since they can be life-threatening. The dentist might decide to do an emergency root canal to drain the abscess.
How do I know if I need an Emergency Dentist?
If you lose a crown or chip a tooth and there is no pain involved, you do not need to contact the dentist immediately. In most cases, if there is no bleeding or pain it can wait until the office is open during regular business hours. Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I bleeding from my mouth and it won’t stop?
- Am I in severe pain?
- Are any of my teeth loose?
- Was my tooth or mouth injured due to a trauma?
- Do I have any swelling in my mouth or face?
- Do I have any bulges, knots or swelling on my gums?
If you answer any of these with “yes,” then you need to call an emergency dentist. They can make an assessment and create a care plan for getting you free from your pain.