When a dental emergency occurs, the extreme pain, stress, and frustration you experience can make it difficult for you to know what to do. Taking the time to learn some basic things, such as what to do and where to go in the event of a dental emergency, can not only make things less stressful, but it can help you get immediate dental care that will relieve any pain and discomfort you are experiencing.
Immediately Call Your Dentist in the Event of a Dental Emergency
The very first thing you should do if you experience a dental emergency is to call your dentist. The sooner you call, the sooner your dentist can get you an appointment. Many dentists have extra appointment slots reserved specifically for dental emergencies. The sooner you call, the sooner they can fit you into one of these appointment slots.
If your dentist offers emergency dental services, like Bonham Dental Arts offers, you can be seen same-day if you call during office hours. If you call after hours, an emergency service will help you arrange for a time to be seen promptly so your pain and discomfort can be relieved.
What Types of Situations are Considered to Be a Dental Emergency?
Essentially, any situation where you experience extreme pain or discomfort in your mouth could be considered a dental emergency. Some specific examples of situations that occur that require emergency dental care include:
- Sudden and extreme pain that occurs in or around your tooth – this is often a sign of a dental abscess
- Formation of tiny pus pockets or a strange metallic taste in your mouth
- Tooth that has been knocked out of the socket
- Tooth that has been partially dislodged from the socket
- Tooth that is fractured, extremely chipped, or broken
- Bleeding in the mouth that is a result of a soft tissue injury
The type of treatment that is administered for these situations will vary depending upon how soon you are seen by your dentist, the severity of the damage to your teeth, and the problem that is occurring. Some treatment options that may be used to relieve pain and discomfort include emergency tooth extraction, root canals, and administration of antibiotics.
What to Do in the Event of a Dental Emergency
After calling your emergency dentist and getting an appointment to be seen as soon as possible, there are a few things you can do at home to temporarily relieve any pain and discomfort you are experiencing. Some things you can do to temporarily relieve any pain and discomfort include:
- Using a cold compress to reduce any swelling and pain
- Take OTC pain relievers – speak with a dentist or doctor before taking any medication.
- Rinse your mouth out with warm water
- Apply gauze to the area if there is any bleeding
- Try not to poke, stick, or prod the area where you are having problems
The things listed above will only temporarily relieve your pain. It is extremely important that even if you think your pain goes away, you still follow through with visiting your dentist for emergency dental care. The problem, whether it is a fractured tooth or an abscessed tooth, still needs to be properly treated even if you are able to reduce any pain you are experiencing.
Emergency Dental Services are Designed to Relieve Pain and Discomfort Immediately
The emergency dental care that is provided by Bonham Dental Arts is designed to quickly relieve any extreme pain and discomfort you are experiencing.
Procedures that can be performed as part of our same-day emergency dental services include:
- Root canals
- Abscess treatment
- Biopsies to detect oral cancer
Experiencing a Dental Emergency? Call Bonham Dental Arts Right Now!
Bonham Dental Arts understands that dental emergencies can happen at all hours of the day. That is why our emergency dental services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you experience a dental emergency during office hours, just call our office and we will arrange to see you immediately. If your emergency happens after hours, just call our office and speak with a representative at our emergency dental services who will help arrange for you to see our emergency dentist as soon as possible.
The sooner you get treatment for a dental emergency, the less pain you will be in and the more likely your dentist will be able to save your natural teeth. Bonham Dental Arts will do everything possible to make sure you are seen as soon as possible, should you experience a dental emergency.
Call our office to learn more about our emergency dental services, or if you are experiencing a dental emergency and are in need of emergency dental care.