FAQs About Emergency Dental Services

Emergency dentists are trained to handle abrupt dental situations that need immediate attention. Certain dental offices treat both routine and emergency cases, but not all. Rocky Ridge Dental provides emergency services to treat your issue quickly. Read on to learn more about dental emergencies and how an emergency dentist can help.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is a trauma to a tooth or your mouth that could result in further damage if not quickly treated. A dentist with emergency experience should evaluate an injury to your teeth, jaw, or gums for fast pain relief and to prevent infection. Dental emergencies include severe toothaches, completely or partially dislodged teeth, abscesses, and bleeding soft tissue injuries.

When Should I Seek Help for a Dental Emergency?

Contact an emergency dentist for severe pain or bleeding. Other urgent symptoms, such as swelling or fever, can also be a factor. If any facial bones have been fractured or broken, go directly to an emergency room or urgent care. Some dental issues may need a dentist to fix but don’t typically constitute an emergency. Small chips, dull toothache, broken braces, or cracked fillings require intervention but aren’t usually emergencies.

Where Should I Go for a Dental Emergency?

Not all dental offices are prepared to handle an emergency and only have items necessary for general cleanings, fillings, and other regular services. Find an emergency dentist for urgent situations to avoid infections or further damage. Specially trained emergency dentists are often staffed in dental offices, hospitals, and urgent care centers. Rocky Ridge Dental provides emergency services and will work to fit you into the schedule as soon as possible.

What Should I Do Before Getting Help?

When a dental emergency occurs, taking immediate action before visiting a dentist helps prevent additional damage. Rinsing your mouth and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help stave off infection. For a dislodged tooth, don’t touch the exposed root, keep the tooth moist, and urgently find emergency dental care. Dental cement or wax may provide temporary relief for broken teeth or crowns.

Will the Emergency Room Fix Dental Emergencies?

For injuries involving head trauma, skip the dentist and head straight to the emergency room. Some emergency rooms keep a trained emergency dentist on staff, but not all. While medical staff are not trained to perform tooth extractions, serious head injuries must be resolved before performing dental work. In these cases, the emergency room will refer the patient to a dentist after doing everything they can.

What Causes Dental Emergencies?

Dental emergencies can result from an accident or inadequate dental care. Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or performing any physical work that could result in an accident. Maintaining healthy dental habits like brushing and flossing regularly helps avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Improper use of teeth, such as using them to rip packages or chewing on pens, can also injure your mouth.

How Do I Find an Emergency Dentist?

Dental emergencies are unpredictable, but quick action from an experienced dentist can save your smile. Start by contacting your dentist. If they don’t offer emergency services, they may refer you to a trusted specialist. In pressing emergencies, head straight to the nearest emergency room or urgent care, which has contacts for trusted emergency dentists. We at Rocky Ridge Dental are a family-friendly dental practice with daily emergency appointments available. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive dental services.


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