Oral pain, facial injuries and tooth infections are just some examples of dental emergencies. If you’re dealing with one of these issues, you now face a common dilemma. Should I contact an emergency dentist or wait until normal business hours? Do I really need an emergency dentist?
Here are some tips to help you assess the state of your dental emergency.
Severe injuries often require treatment from an emergency dentist. Sports injuries, car accidents and other forms of facial trauma can create severe, unending pain. You may also have trouble controlling the bleeding, or closing your mouth entirely. If you’ve had a severe injury related to your smile, contact an emergency dentist near you.
Another reason to see an emergency dentist is persistent pain. This could be from an injury, or it could be something unexpected. For instance, you might bite down on a hard piece of food and break part of your tooth. This may not require you to see a dentist right away, unless the pain is intense and consistent. Dental infections can also flair up, which will create a sudden sharp pain in your mouth.
If the pain is manageable, you may be better off waiting until morning. If it is severe and relentless though, call an emergency dentist and see what your options are. They may recommend temporary treatments for you until the following day. You can schedule the appointment during the phone call so you’re ready to go when the morning comes.
Temporary At-Home Treatment for Dental Emergencies
If you can wait until the next day or you just need relief until you get to the dentist/hospital, there are some steps you can take on your own. You may use oral numbing agents to dull the pain in the damaged area, or you may take over-the-counter pain relievers. If you are dealing with an infection, you may rinse you may rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
If your tooth is knocked out of place, see if you can gently push it back into its socket. Do not mess with it too much, and do not swallow it. If your tooth fell out completely, rinse it off and keep it in a container with your saliva. Use a cold compress to control the bleeding.
Call Us – We’ll Help You Decide
Redwood Dental has an after-hours phone line that is open 24 hours a day. Give us a call and describe the situation. We will help you decide if you need immediate emergency dentistry services, or if it can wait until the following day. We offer same-day appointments and we work with most insurance plans.
Call (800) 462-2222 to reach an emergency dentist near you.