Emergency dentistry is a specialty dentistry service that caters to dental emergencies, which are unexpected dental issues that need prompt, if not immediate, dental attention. Examples of dental emergencies include excruciating tooth pain, fractured teeth, lost dental restorations, and severe dental abscesses. An emergency dentist will address these issues immediately before they spiral out of control.
According to the American Dental Association, each year, over 2 million people visit the emergency room due to dental pain.
The dental emergency process begins the moment you enter the emergency dentist’s office. The dentist will first evaluate your dental situation, ask questions about how you feel, and check for symptoms. They might also perform -rays and other diagnostic tests to determine whether your dental issue is an actual emergency.
Severe pain is common in most dental emergencies. As such, the dentist will use strong analgesics or use a local anesthetic to manage the pain. The dentist will then explore various treatment options for your dental emergency. They’ll then explain each treatment option, including their pros and cons, before deciding on the best one.
The dentist will then provide treatment as indicated in the treatment plan. This treatment may be a tooth extraction for severely damaged teeth, a root canal, or dental filling for decayed teeth. In some cases, the dentist might conduct temporary treatment to manage pain and discomfort while awaiting the actual treatment.
The dentist might schedule a couple of follow-up visits once treatment concludes. These check the progress of your treatment and help identify dental issues before they spiral out of control. The dentist will also educate you on maintaining proper oral health and avoiding future dental emergencies.
We offer round-the-clock emergency dental services for all our patients. Our same-day service means patients will have a licensed emergency dentist attend to their dental emergency the moment they arrive. These emergency dental services include root canals, tooth extractions, fillings, and the prompt restoration of lost or broken dental appliances.
Toothaches are the most common dental emergency and are usually caused by tooth decay.
Not all dental issues are emergencies. Dental emergencies are usually characterized by intense pain that doesn’t stop even after taking painkillers. Another sign of a dental emergency is profuse bleeding that you have trouble stopping. Any damaged or knocked-out tooth or dental restoration is also a dental emergency.
The best way to avoid dental emergencies is by practicing proper oral hygiene to keep tooth decay and other complications at bay. You should also wear a mouthguard if you actively engage in physical sports like hockey. Lastly, schedule regular visits to the dentist to check for underlying dental issues and address them before they spiral out of control.