From the sudden development of a toothache to a broken, dental emergencies can happen at any time and are never convenient. If you are experiencing pain and unsure what to do, this guide will help you determine whether your situation is a true dental emergency and if you need to see an emergency dentist.
Not sure what a true dental emergency is? Below, you will find what is considered a true dental emergency and some tips to handle them.
Broken Tooth – YES
If you believe you have broken a tooth:
-It is best to rinse your mouth with warm water.
-Apply a cold compress to the outside of your face to help reduce swelling.
-Take acetaminophen for possible pain.
-Avoid anesthetic gels. They can cause gum tissue damage.
-Contact an emergency dentist.
Chipped Tooth – NO
Typically, this does not need an emergency dentist. However, this will depend on how much of the tooth is chipped and any pain or discomfort present. If pain or bleeding is present contact your emergency dentist.
Loose or Missing Tooth – YES And NO
While a loose tooth is typically not an immediate dental emergency, it is recommended to see a dentist within a day or two. A missing tooth is considered a dental emergency, and you should contact your emergency dentist as soon as you can.
Fractured or Cracked Tooth – Yes
If the fracture or crack is causing significant pain or causing trauma to the inside of the mouth, contact an emergency dentist immediately.
Toothache – YES
Tooth pain or discomfort can quickly get worse. Some patients have a high pain threshold. It is essential to know your body and react accordingly. If you are experiencing dental pain, seek dental care as soon as possible.
Abscess – YES
A dental abscess (infection) is a true dental emergency. An abscess needs to be evaluated immediately to reduce the risk of a dental infection. Contact your emergency dentist immediately.
Pus or Infection – YES
If pus or infection is present, you should see your dentist immediately for an examination.
Bleeding Gums – NO
Bleeding upon brushing is a sign of periodontal disease and should be evaluated and cared for. While not an emergency, it is not something to wait on for treatment.
Swollen Face or Gums – YES
This swelling is often a very serious situation, and dental or even medical care will be necessary to evaluate and treat.
Lost or Broken Dental Appliance (fillings, crowns, bridges, orthodontic braces, dentures) – NO
This is generally not a true dental emergency unless pain is present. Call your emergency dentist to schedule an appointment.
Sometimes, your oral condition will be severe enough to need to visit the emergency room instead of going to your dentist. The following are situations where the emergency room is the right option:
- Fractures Of The Jaw
- Dislocated Jaw
- Lacerations Or Cuts to the Face or Mouth
- Dental Abscess Infections Affecting Your Swallowing or Breathing
- Dental Emergencies Causing A High Fever
The above situations are deemed true medical emergencies and require immediate medical attention beyond emergency dental care in a dental office visit. Do not wait to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Call 911 or go to your local hospital emergency room immediately—a dental infection, especially when severe, can be life-threatening.
When To Call Your Emergency Dentist
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call your dentist. The dentist’s staff should be able to help you determine if you need to be seen immediately or if you should schedule an appointment at your convenience.
During Regular Business Hours
If you experience a dental emergency during regular business hours, contact your dentist immediately to explain your emergency. In many cases, they will be able to schedule an appointment for you on the same day or within a reasonable amount of time.
If your emergency is beyond the scope of a typical dental office, they could advise you on what to do for your type of dental injury and seek emergency medical treatment. They might offer instructions on how to treat the pain temporarily until other treatment is possible.
After Regular Business Hours Including Nights, Weekends, and Holidays
Even if your dental emergency occurs outside of regular business hours, there are options available. It is still important to call your emergency dentist and find out how to proceed. Many dental offices have an emergency number for you to call for dental advice.
Emergency Dentist Conclusion
A dental emergency is never convenient but a good emergency dentist can help you quickly and easily.
Dr. Marielaina Perrone DDS is ready and able to handle all dental emergencies quickly.
To schedule an appointment with an urgent care dentist, please call our office right away. We will do our best to get you seen ASAP based on your symptoms. Most times the same day during our regular business hours.
Suppose you are experiencing a severe dental, medical emergency, such as severe pain combined with facial swelling and fever. In that case, we recommend you get to an emergency room right away if our office is not open or available.
Contact Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to schedule a no-cost cosmetic consultation appointment if you are ready for a smile makeover. We cannot wait to help you with your smile makeover to create the smile of your dreams in Summerlin, Henderson, and Las Vegas, NV.