Dental emergencies are an unfortunate part of life. You’re eating something crunchy, and suddenly a tooth cracks or you wake up in the morning with swelling and pain in your jaw. When you have an oral injury or another dental emergency, getting immediate care is absolutely essential. Same-day care ensures that you get relief from pain and discomfort and minimizes the risk of further complications. That’s why we offer same-day appointments for our patients.
We’ll get you in quickly, relieve your pain, and come up with a treatment plan for your problem. This saves you both money and time, not to mention days of dental pain. Of course, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please go to your local emergency room.
Common Dental Emergencies
What are the most common reasons that people need emergency dental care?
Sudden Tooth Pain – Significant tooth pain with no apparent cause results in many an emergency dental visit. Tooth pain should never be ignored. Many serious conditions can cause tooth pain including:
- Cavities that have penetrated deep into the tooth
- Advanced gum disease
- An abscessed tooth
- Exposed tooth roots
- An impacted tooth
These conditions should be treated promptly to prevent further damage to the tooth or the spreading of the infection.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth – Chipped or broken teeth can be caused by sudden trauma to the mouth or by simply biting down on a hard object. Sometimes this happens because you had a cavity and didn’t know it, and the internal structure has been weakened. If possible, keep the chip or piece that broke off of the tooth and bring it with you to your appointment.
Lost Teeth – Whether your tooth was knocked out due to an injury or you lost a tooth for no apparent reason, losing a tooth is a critical dental emergency. In some cases, we can replace the tooth if we can get to it fast enough, but sometimes a lost tooth will have to be replaced with a dental implant or a bridge.
Other Dental Emergencies
Some of the other reasons we would need to see you quickly include:
- A tooth has become dislodged (but not completely knocked out).
- An object is stuck between your teeth that you can’t remove with brushing or dental floss.
- A filling or crown has fallen out.
- You are experiencing a dental abscess.
- You have injured your gums or palate.
No matter your dental emergency, we can help.