When Should I See An Emergency Dentist?
There are a variety of injuries that might require an immediate dental appointment. If you are unable to chew do to excessive pain, there is constant bleeding, or there was damage to a crown, bridge, or implant, you should not wait to see a dentist. In this article we will cover the types of dental emergencies and when/where to make an appointment. In some cases, you should see a dentist same-day, whereas in other cases you might be able to make an appointment in the upcoming days.
Should I Go To An Emergency Dentist Or The Emergency Room?
The first and most important thing we need to discuss is the difference between a dental emergency and other medical emergencies. If an injury is life-threatening you should call 911 or immediately go to the emergency room. For instance, if other bones are broken in an injury, there is excessive bleeding, or there are non-dental concerns (i.e. a concussion), you should rely on emergency medical services.
In situations where the injury is localized to the mouth like a broken tooth, lost filling, or severe oral pain, you should go to an emergency dentist. A dentist is more equipped to handle dental-related issues.
Reasons to Make An Immediate Dental Appointment
A knocked out tooth is the number 1 reason to make an emergency dental visit. Here is what you should do if you or someone you know has knocked out an adult tooth:
- Call A Dentist: Find a local emergency dentist near you and set up an appointment.
- Tend To Bleeding: If you are bleeding; you should clean out your mouth with warm water and use gauze or a clean cloth to stop the bleeding.
- Recover The Tooth: Knocked out teeth can be re-implanted in certain circumstances. If you can locate the tooth you should pick it up by the crown (the portion of the tooth that was outside of the gums). Do not touch the root. You can use warm water to rinse off any dirt or other debris. The tooth should be kept in either a saline solution, milk, or (if possible) the person’s mouth while on the way to the dentist.
Dental Issues That You Should Be Aware Of:
In many situations you might experience a dental issue that might not call for an emergency appointment. However, if you experience these issues you also shouldn’t wait for your next regular checkup. When you have any of the following symptoms you should consider making a quick appointment with a dentist to help address them.
If you notice a level of pain that is consistent or sensitivity to hot/cold foods, this might be a sign of enamel damage. Enamel is the outermost layer of our teeth and it can become damaged from acidic and sugary foods/beverages. As it gets damaged an individual may start to notice pain or sensitivity in their teeth. If you are experiencing this consistently, consider going to a dentist to have a professional cleaning and discuss dental treatments that can help improve your oral health.
Dental Services in Lewiston Maine
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