Dental Emergency | Most of us can tell when we’re having a serious medical event. Chest pain, difficulty breathing, head trauma, uncontrollable bleeding, and broken bones are situations that require a trip to the emergency room. But what if you have dental issues, such as severe pain, possible infection or a tooth that has been knocked out?
It can be hard to know what constitutes a dental emergency. If you are experiencing an oral health issue, can you call your dentist on a holiday, weekend, or in the middle of the night? Should you go to the emergency room of your nearest hospital instead?
It’s important to understand what kinds of dental issues can wait until morning and what types are real emergencies that require immediate care and can threaten your health or even cause you to lose a tooth. Are you unsure if you have a dental emergency? The team at Breeze Dental can advise you of the next steps. Call us anytime at (703) 273-5545.
Dental emergencies are common. However, not all oral health issues require immediate care. Should you call your dentist, go to the ER or wait until the morning? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
In general, if you need to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, treat an infection or save a tooth, then it is considered an emergency. No matter what time it is, call your dentist’s office immediately and describe what happened. They will advise you of your next steps. If you cannot reach your dentist, then go to the emergency room.
Some dental issues are not as urgent as you may think and can actually wait until the next morning or even through the weekend. For example, a chipped tooth that is not causing you any pain is not an emergency. However, if the fracture has left fragments inside your gums or is causing significant pain, then you should see your dentist right away.
A toothache can also wait until office hours if the pain is not too severe and you do not have a fever or swelling, which could signal an abscess. However, you should always contact us with any dental concern as it may be an emergency.
The best way to prevent dental emergencies is to focus on proper oral hygiene. Brush and floss daily. Schedule regular cleanings and exams with your dentist. Your dentist will check for loose fillings and crowns as well as decay, infection, gum disease and other oral health issues. If you do have any of these problems, your dentist can address them before they develop into an emergency.
In summary, dental emergencies can happen at any time and require urgent care. If you are suffering from severe pain or have had a tooth knocked out, it may be an emergency situation. Contact the dentists at Breeze Dental at any time, 24/7. Our team is highly-experienced and fully-equipped with the latest dental technology. Your smile is very important to us. Contact us so that we can assess your situation and get you the care you need. Call our dental office at (703) 273-5545 or book online.