A dental emergency can happen quickly at any time or gradually over time. Whether your emergency is the result of an injury or from a possible infection, when you are in pain, you want relief as quickly as possible. This is why having an emergency dentist you trust as your dental care provider can be an added benefit to maintaining your oral health.
Common Reasons to Visit an Emergency Dentist
A dental emergency is any oral problem that needs urgent attention because of the severity of the symptoms or threat posed to your health and wellbeing. Some cases that may need immediate and/or urgent dental care include:
- Toothache – As you wait to see the dentist, you can try to ease the pain by taking over-the-counter pain medicine, or holding an pack of ice against your face at the origin of the pain. Avoid any heat as it could make the pain worse.
- Chipped or Broken Tooth – There are several treatments to restore broken teeth depending on the severity, including filling, crown, and root canal if the nerves have become exposed.
- Knocked-Out Tooth – A permanent tooth that has been knocked out can be successfully put back within 10 minutes. The longer it stays out, the lower the chances. If the tooth is clean, simply put it in its socket as you wait to see the dentist. If there’s a risk of swallowing it, put it in some cold milk and go to the dentist as soon as possible.
- Badly Bitten Tongue or Lip – If it’s bleeding, you can use a clean cloth to press down the injured part, and a pack of ice to relieve any swelling. If it doesn’t stop bleeding, you should seek emergency services at the nearest hospital.
What to Expect
At most dental practices, your dentist will offer same-day emergency services for significant pain, trauma, infection, or lost teeth. For the best possible outcome, please call your dentist in Calabasas CA immediately so we can prepare to receive you.