Life throws curveballs at you all the time. And sometimes, those curveballs may come in the form of dental care emergencies. Some may require immediate dental care, while some may require a few deep breaths and patience. If it is an emergency, it’s good to know whether you should see your dentist or visit your local emergency room. Determining your symptoms and the severity of your conditions will help you decide which path is best for you.
A dental checkup consists of routine cleaning, X-rays, and consultation every six months. A dental emergency is anything but routine. With dental emergencies, usually obvious and immediate action is necessary to address severe pain, discomfort, or trauma to the mouth that may cause bleeding and lacerations to the gums and dislodge or fracture teeth. Some instances, like lost fillings, chipped veneers, or broken dental appliances, while extremely inconvenient — don’t constitute an emergency.
Below is a list of common dental emergencies and what you should do, including when to contact your dentist.
If you are experiencing some of the dental emergency symptoms listed above, contact your University Place dentists, University Place Smiles immediately. Dental emergencies get treated as quickly as possible. If pain and discomfort persist and you need to see a medical professional, visit your closest emergency room so they can treat your pain and discomfort, and determine if a dental visit is necessary.
Hopefully, you never have to experience a dental emergency. But if properly informed and prepared — you should recover quickly and emerge healthily.
For more information about dental emergencies, please call our University Place dentist office at (253) 212-3430 or schedule an emergency appointment today.