Accidents and emergencies can occur at any time, and our teeth are often just as much at risk as any other part of our body. Knowing what to do in an emergency is important as it can stop you from panicking and ensure you get the right treatment as soon as possible.
Sometimes it can be difficult to establish whether something is an emergency or not. This is particularly true if the patient is in pain and/or bleeding and in obvious distress, which can make it easy to panic and over-react to a situation. However, typically a dental problem is considered to be an emergency if the patient:
Every emergency is different, and where you should go will depend on the type of care that you need in order to address the problem. It may seem hard to keep a cool head in the face of a dental emergency, but spending a few moments thinking about where you should go can make all the difference to getting the treatment that the patient needs as quickly as possible.
You should make an emergency appointment with your dentist if your condition is not life-threatening, but still requires immediate care. This could include:
There are a number of other dental conditions that can cause such severe pain that they feel like they might be a dental emergency. Common examples include lost cavity fillings, an area of decay or an area of receding gum that exposes some of the tooth root. These conditions can be dealt with in a regular dental appointment and your dentist will be able to advise you what you can do to help prevent similar problems in the future. Until you can get to see your dentist you should take over-the-counter pain relief medications to help ease your discomfort.
Hospital visits should be reserved strictly for severe dental emergencies or traumas that involve the face and/or mouth. This can include:
If you are unable to get to the hospital without assistance, call 911 for EMS.
Most dentists provide their patients with an emergency care recommendation if their accident or emergency happens outside of their regular office hours. This may come in the form of information on their website, or a number given on their out-of-hours answer machine. When you register with a dentist, it is always worth making a note of their emergency care number and keeping it somewhere handy such as on your cell phone or in a diary, so that you can find it easily should you need to.
Dealing with a dental emergency? At Vero Dental Spa, we offer same day appointments Monday through Friday for emergency dental cases. Whether you need a crack, chip, or lost tooth restored, we can get you into our office as soon as possible and repair your tooth. Call us today 772-778-5550.