Emergency Dentistry (24×7)
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies to many areas of life, including your oral health Dental emergencies require immediate care! Good dental hygiene is important in order to avoid various health-related issues.We understand that patients who are genuinely in a dental emergency need prior attention. That’s why we keep some space available in the appointment books every day for patients requiring emergency care.
Accidents do happen, and knowing what has to be done when one occurs, can mean a lot of difference between saving and losing a tooth. Here are a few tips to for you to deal with a dental emergency effectively.
Category of Need: Dental Emergencies:
- Trauma of facial/oral laceration and/or jaw injuries (e.g. avulsion of a permanent tooth)
- Oro-facial swelling that is significant and worsening
- Post-extraction bleeding that the patient is not able to control with local measures
- Dental conditions that have resulted in acute systemic illness as a result of dental infection.
- Severe trismus
- Oro-dental conditions that could exacerbate systemic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes)
- Dental and soft-tissue infections without a systemic effect
- Severe dental and facial pain: i.e pain that cannot be controlled by the patient following self-help.
- Fractured teeth or tooth with pulpal exposure
What to watch for?
- Signals to watch for which may indicate a dental emergency
- Behavioral changes
- Decrease or loss of appetite
- Chewing only on one side
- Avoidance of chewy and hard
- Foods severe bad breath (halitosis)
Risk factors (causes)
Recognition of the following causes will help alert you to potential risks:
- Poor Dental Hygiene
- Family History of Dental Disease
- Smoking/Chewing Tobacco
- Dehydration/Dry Mouth
- Dry Mouth (Medication Induced)
- Psychiatric Medications:Ρ Anti-Depressants Mood Stabilizers Major Tranquilizers Anti-Seizure Medications
- Cardiac related medications
- Chronic Illness (Diabetes)
What can be done?
Here are a few tips to help you deal with a dental emergency effectively:
- Broken tooth: Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Put cold compresses on the face to reduce swelling. Go to the dentist immediately.
- Bitten tongue or lip: Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold
compresses to keep swelling down. If bleeding is excessive or doesn’t stop in a short time, go to the dentist or
- Toothache: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. See your dentist as soon as possible. Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. If you’re not successful, go to the dentist. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp instrument.
- Knocked-out tooth: Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue remnants. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to the dentist quickly. Don’t forget to carry the tooth with you!
- Possible broken jaw: Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.
- Lost filling: Place a softened sugarless gum in the spot of the missing filling to avoid further damage or food getting stuck in the cavity. Visit the dentist to repairs the tooth as much as possible.
24 Hour Emergency Dentist Specialists
This is the place to find help if you have a toothache, cracked or chipped teeth, abscess or any other mouth pain, we’ll help you track down a 24 hour dentist near you, for your dental emergency. We’ve located the best emergency dental clinics that are ready to provide you with the services you need even if you need an emergency dentist.
Emergency Oral Surgeon
Emergency Oral Surgery is another matter entirely. This type of situation usually is not warranted for a small thing like a lost tooth .You may run into a situation where after hours dentist care is warranted if you have let an abscess go so long that it is threatening.
An infection is a dangerous topic. An abscess can infect so badly that after time the infection can transfer into your bloodstream and the danger becomes not only that of your teeth and gums, but of your life. Please be sure to consult your dentist to resolve any critical problems you have with your teeth or gums before you’re required to have a procedure with an emergency oral surgeon.
An abscess isn’t the only reason you may need emergency oral surgery. If you find yourself with an injury to the tooth or gums for whatever reason, a regular day to day dentist might not be able to solve your problem. That’s why our specialists have connections with after hours our dentist professionals who can help you quickly.
Dental Emergency Room
The dental emergency room is one place where you should hope to never find yourself. If you’re taking good care of your teeth, brushing twice a day, flossing and using some sort of rinse, you should never try to end up in the dental emergency room. Each patient has a specific set of problems that will need to be evaluated by a dental professional.