When dental emergencies occur out of the blue, they can often leave us feeling frazzled and worried, especially if it’s something serious. That said, if something does happen to your mouth and you need to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible, what should you do to find one quickly? Keep reading to learn more about dental emergencies and what you can do to quickly find an emergency dentist when you need one.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Normal dental visits typically consist of a routine checkup and cleaning, but when you experience a dental emergency, you’re usually visiting the dentist for pain relief and treatment. Dental emergencies are typically painful, sudden, and sometime traumatic situations that require immediate attention.
Some common examples include chipped teeth (or veneers), lost crowns or other restorations, displaced teeth, severe toothaches, and more. Some dental emergencies can result in potentially life-threatening conditions such as difficulty breathing or uncontrollable bleeding. In these cases, you should call 9-1-1 or visit an emergency room as soon as possible. However, in all other cases of damage to your teeth, gums, or any other part of your mouth, you should seek treatment from your emergency dentist right away.
How Can I Find an Emergency Dentist ASAP?
With any sort of dental emergency, you should make contacting your dentist priority number one! In most cases, time is of the essence and your tooth’s fate depends on your ability to act quickly. Call your dentist and let them know what happened; if you get their voicemail, you will still be able to leave a message and explain what’s going on (some dentists also have their website set up to schedule an emergency appointment). Your dentist will also be able to provide you with instructions about what to do in the meantime to manage your pain, and if necessary, will provide you with an urgent care number for quicker treatment.
What Should I Do Until My Emergency Dental Visit?
Whether you’re trying to get in touch with your dentist or trying to manage your pain in the hours before your appointment, you should know there are a few things you can do to manage some of the discomfort you might be experiencing:
- Use an ice pack/cold compress to help with swelling and numb the affected area.
- Rinse your mouth gently with a mixture of salt and water to help prevent infection.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed to help with pain.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dental emergency, remember that time is of the essence! However, there’s also no reason to panic; a little quick thinking and contacting your emergency dentist promptly can ensure that your smile isn’t in any long-term danger.
About the Practice
Stonebriar Smile Design proudly serves patients and families in the Frisco, TX area under the leadership of three skilled specialists: Dr. Jill Wade, Dr. Kristi Moody, and Dr. Jodi Danna! Together they combine several decades of experience and expertise to provide patients with an elite level of dental care. Their practice is pleased to offer many available services including emergency dentistry. If you or a loved one is suffering from a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment online or over the phone: (972) 377-7800.