When an emergency happens, it can be difficult to know how to react. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing some of the biggest questions related to dental emergencies. By the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll be up to speed on:
- How to tell when a dental condition is a cause for concern.
- Some likely treatments for dental emergencies.
- And what situations call for a dental appointment.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
As a general rule, if you are experiencing any tooth pain, excessive swelling involving the gums, or any dental discomfort, you should contact Hill and Schneidmiller DDS immediately. Our experience and knowledge of your dental history will help you determine how serious the problem is and what can be done to help.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort that is disruptive to your day-to-day life or activities, this is a big indicator that you are having a dental emergency.
Any of the following conditions will classify as a dental emergency and you should call our office immediately if you’ve experienced any of them.
- Damaged Teeth: Broken, cracked, or fractured teeth compromise the integrity of your teeth. They can also cause injury to the soft, inner tissue of your teeth, which can be quite painful.
- Intense Toothache: Toothaches are symptoms of many different oral health conditions, from dental trauma to infection. If you are suffering from a severe toothache, contact our office right away.
- Lost Crown Or Filling: Crowns and fillings are methods of restoring a tooth to optimal function. If you have lost a filling or crown, your already compromised tooth is now at risk again.
- Missing Teeth: If a tooth is knocked out, this is definitely a dental emergency. If you can, try to put the tooth back into the socket and schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can. We may be able to save your tooth!
- An Abscessed Tooth: If one tooth has a swollen “pocket” or “bubble” near it, contact us immediately. This is a sign of infection and can be painful. Let us help you fight the infection and get rid of the painful sore!
Does a Dental Emergency Mean Losing a Tooth?
Certainly not. Emergency dental treatments are a great way to keep a healthy and full smile in the face of unexpected complications. Since there are countless threats to your teeth, devoted dental professionals like the ones you’ll find at Hill and Schneidmiller DDS have created specialized treatments to restore and strengthen your smile.
Take dental bonding for example. If you have a chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth, a biocompatible resin can be placed atop it and reshaped to correct the damage.
We also offer:
- Dental crowns.
- Dental veneers.
- Root canal therapy.
Do I Schedule an Appointment?
If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us right away. We will fit you into our schedule at the earliest possible time so we can give you the relief you’re looking for!
In some cases, you may want to go to the emergency room instead. If you:
- Are bleeding excessively.
- Received head trauma.
- Have blacked out temporarily.
- Have a broken jaw.
- Are experiencing debilitating pain.
- Are having difficulty breathing.
Don’t Panic, Call Us!
For over 30 years, our incredible team of dental professionals at Hill and Schneidmiller DDS has been helping the residents of La Mesa and other San Diego areas receive the finest in dental care. And this commitment to our patients’ oral health doesn’t just mean routine checkups and general treatments.
If you find yourself facing a dental emergency, don’t panic and don’t hesitate. Call us immediately! We will do everything possible to resolve your dental emergency and get you feeling and looking your finest.
Luckily, I haven’t experienced too many emergencies, but when my temp crown came off, I called your office and had it fixed!