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Dental emergencies are stressful, especially if the cause of your dental emergency is a dental trauma. One way to alleviate some of the stress of a dental emergency is by choosing a dentist who is experienced in handling dental emergencies, as well as understanding what to expect when you get to our office.
At Vero Dental Spa, our primary goal in treating your dental emergency is easing your pain and making sure that you are as comfortable as possible. From there, we want to make sure that you are happy with the results of your treatment and know which steps will help improve your dental health.
Protocol During an Emergency Dental Visit
Like other emergency medical treatments, dental emergencies require following a system to help handle your emergency as smoothly and painlessly as possible. Depending on the type of emergency you are experiencing, the protocol will go as follows:
Upon arriving to our office, we will need to gather as much information and history about your dental condition as possible. If you would like to save time, you can print out our paperwork online and have a close friend or family member fill out the necessary information before arriving to our office.
Next, we will need to take X-Rays of your dental condition. This will help us assess the extent of the emergency and come up with an efficient treatment plan.
After we are able to get a good view of your condition, we will discuss all of the issues alongside with all of your treatment options to correct the issue and ease your pain.
We understand that dental emergencies are stressful and dental treatments require careful consideration. With that said, we will recommend the most efficient treatments and educate you on each of your treatments, so you can make an informed decision on your dental health. Our primary concern is relieving your pain.
When to Go to a Hospital Before a Dentist for an Emergency
Some dental emergencies require a trip to our dentist’s office, while more severe emergencies should be treated at a hospital. You should go to the hospital, if you’re suffering from a dental emergency or trauma to the face and mouth that needs immediate medical attention, like the following:
Serious lacerations or cuts in the face and mouth
An abscess or infection so swollen it is hindering your ability to breath or swallow
In the above contexts, you should call 911 or visit the emergency room to avoid serious medical consequences and even death.
Medical Treatment for Dental Discomfort
When a decayed tooth leads to discomfort and sensitivity to hot and cold foods, it does not necessarily mean that it is an emergency. However, you should still visit our office as soon as possible to rule out serious issues and treat any minor issues.
In some cases, you might be experiencing dental discomfort due to small areas of decay, loose fillings, or an exposed tooth root due to gum recession. In these circumstances, it might be necessary to visit an endodontist. Endodontists are specialized in treating infections in the pulp of your teeth. One of the most common emergency treatments is root canal therapy, which cleans out the damaged pulp and seals the space where the decay was removed.