Do You Need an Emergency Dentist?

There are times when an emergency dentist may be necessary for special situations. These situations could range anywhere from a broken jaw to a broken tooth. The most common emergency problems are a tongue that has been bitten severely, a very painful toothache, or teeth that have been knocked out due to an unexpected situation.

Unfortunately, most emergencies do not happen during the times that most dental offices are open, so it’s essential to have an emergency contact available. Before you contact your emergency dentist, you need to check for any possible damage to the teeth or jaw, so that you can explain the exact situation. While you have him on the phone, you should explain what is happening and that it needs treatment right away. Once you get to the office, the dentist will do an examination and determine whether your problem needs to be fixed immediately or if it can wait until regular dental hours.

Indications that you may need an emergency dentist are:

• Wisdom teeth that don’t fit into the jaw and are unable to grow as they should. These cause much pain in the jaw and usually need to be taken out, which will not cause any problem for you in the future. If you practice good hygiene by seeing your dentist regularly, he can check on their progress, and you can avoid this painful situation.

• Another thing that could have you calling an emergency dentist is a broken or knocked out tooth. These could any cracks, splits, and broken off or knocked out completely. These could be completely out of the jaw or just hanging by the root. These problems can have an impact on the pulp and enamel of the tooth, but if the problems are fixed right away and the problem tooth are kept in good condition the tooth can be put back in the socket. A cup of cold milk is the best way to store the tooth until it can be replaced. If you see your dentist regularly he can monitor the teeth and can help protect them from breakage.

• Finally, an abscessed tooth needs to be treated right away as it means that there is an infection somewhere in the tooth and could rupture, causing the tooth to start decaying.

Before you visit, your emergency dentist will usually suggest that you take some pain medicine and use ice packs to help relieve the pain until you see him.