When you think emergency dental services, you may think something very dramatic and most likely scary. Emergencies are generally serious and scary and could be life threatening. But dental emergencies, while serious, are not always as extreme as you may think.
It is hard to know which dental concerns classify as emergencies and require immediate treatment. In some cases, your dental emergency cannot wait for a scheduled appointment, but it all depends on the problem, where a tooth is located, and how severe the situation is.
At Brookside Dental Care, we offer emergency dental services to help you get through any serious dental concerns easily. If you are unsure if your dental concern classifies as an emergency, we will give you some general guidelines that can help you determine whether or not your oral issue requires emergency care.
To start, there are a few questions you should ask yourself to determine if you need emergency dental care or not. These include:
- Are you in severe pain?
- Is your mouth bleeding?
- Have you lost a tooth?
- Do you have a loose tooth?
- Do you have an infection?
Answering yes to any of these questions should raise concern and may mean you need emergency care. Severe pain and bleeding in the mouth are signs of a dental emergency and may require immediate treatment. If you have lost a tooth, no matter how, the faster you get to an emergency dentist, like the ones at Brookside Dental Care, the better your chances are of saving the tooth. Another sign you need to visit the dentist is if any of your teeth are loose. Adults do not get loose teeth and if any of your teeth are loose, it may mean there is a more serious problem.
Let’s take a look at some of these instances more closely as well as other problems that may require emergency dental care. Read on for more information!
Losing a Crown or Filling
Losing a crown or a filling may not seem like a huge deal, but it is a very common reason that people seek emergency dental care. Getting your loose or missing filling fixed immediately is a great way to avoid further problems, such as needing a crown or root canal. If you have metal fillings in your mouth and begin to taste metallic, it is likely that your filling is broken in some way, whether it is loose, cracked, or missing. Head in for an emergency dental treatment to get your filling fixed in no time and avoid future problems.
Pain is not something to ignore. Toothaches and other mouth pain is your body’s way of telling your that something is wrong. If you can tame the pain with anti-inflammatories, an ice pack, and rinsing your mouth, an emergency dental session may not be necessary. If the pain doesn’t get any better and it is too much to bear, you need require emergency care. The dentist can do diagnostic tests to see what is going on. There could be many reasons why you are feeling these severe pain, heading to the dentist to figure out the cause can help treat the problem.
If your tooth is significantly damaged, whether it has fallen out of the socket or a large piece has broken off, you need to head to the emergency dentist right away. Similarly to a lost tooth, heading to the dentist immediately can help save the tooth. Severe damage can kill the nerve as well, so getting immediate attention can help save your tooth and allow for necessary fixes to be done, which may include securing the tooth in place or sealing the tooth.
Infections are another reason to head to the emergency dentist. If you notice pus or an abscess in your mouth, it should be clear that something is wrong. An infection in your mouth can quickly spread to the rest of your body. You will likely be prescribed an antibiotic and scheduled a follow-up appointment.
If your mouth or gums are bleeding, you could have a more severe problem. A bleeding mouth can especially be a problem if your bite your lip and or tongue and the bleeding does not stop after a few minutes. If you notice bleeding in your mouth the lasts a long time or appears out of nowhere, head to the emergency dentist.
There are many reasons to head to the emergency dentist, many of which you may not have thought of as an emergency. If you have any of these problems or another concern that you are not sure about, contact Brookside Dental Care today. We can help you with any and all of your dental needs.