What Should You Do if You Have a Dental Emergency?

May 7, 2017

If you are dealing with an unexpected situation involving an accident or injury, then it might be difficult to think clearly in the moment. Who should you call? Where should you go for care? For an accident that caused damage to your teeth or gums, the best thing that you can do is contact your emergency dentist.

Accidents are unavoidable at times, but these injuries don’t mean that you need to deal with long-term dental problems. Seeking treatment right away will protect your teeth and ensure the best outcome that is available. Call our office as soon as the accident has occurred to determine the right treatment for your teeth.

When you contact us for an appointment, we will give you instructions specific to your injury. For example, if a tooth has been knocked out, then you will need to carefully pick up the tooth by the crown, soak it in milk or water, and bring it with you to the appointment.

Should I Call for Emergency Dental Services?

How do you know if emergency dental services are necessary? If there is ever a question, then you need to call to learn more about the best treatment options. There are many different situations that might merit an emergency dental visit, including:

  • Severe dental pain
  • A tooth is knocked loose after impact
  • A tooth is knocked out
  • Gums are bleeding and damaged
  • Any injury to the face, often from sports or car accidents
  • A tooth is cracked, or a part of the tooth came off

Act Fast for Emergency Dental Treatment

In situations where you are dealing with other life-threatening injuries, then you need to visit the hospital before seeking emergency dental care. Call 911 to ensure that you receive the treatments that are needed to stop the bleeding. After the life-saving medical treatments are done, then you can contact your dentist to address the health of your teeth and gums.

If the accident caused injury that is not life-threatening, then you should call the dentist directly. We can schedule a same-day appointment or evening/weekend services to ensure that the treatment is administered in time to protect your smile. It is essential that you get to the dental office right away if you want to save your natural tooth.

Even if no physical trauma occurred, dental emergency treatment might be needed if you are experiencing a severe toothache. These infections need to be treated to avoid the spreading of the infection.

For more information about treatments for your emergency, we invite you to call our team at Northwest Dental Group. We are here to help!