Most dental problems over weeks or even months. Others such as a broken or knocked out tooth or one that becomes cracked after biting down on food, happen instantaneously. Strong symptoms, like the pain or swelling that accompanies an abscess, can come also come on quickly and necessitate quick trip to the dentist.
The best thing you can do if you need emergency dental care is to contact our dentist immediately. Even if the problem occurs in the middle of the night, many problems can be eased via painkillers and other mitigating steps before you receive emergency treatment the next day. Sometimes patients mistakenly believe that they will have to wait days for an appointment. Dental professionals know that emergencies occur on a regular basis and will leave room in their normal schedules for people who need immediate treatment.
Some situations need immediate treatment, so if your dentist is not available, the best course of action is to head to a hospital or immediate care center. These situations include having one or more teeth knocked out in an accident, or excessive bleeding from biting your tongue or from other injuries to the mouth. In most instances, the emergency room personnel will perform initial care to stabilize the situation and refer you to your dentist for a follow-up appointment.
Other situations that require emergency care include broken braces, jaw injuries, one or more teeth loosened by an accident, lost filling, object lodged between teeth, painful swelling and sudden or severe toothache. Generally your pain level will dictate the amount of time you have to wait for an emergency appointment. Contact us at Serene Dental Spa to learn more about our emergency dental practices.