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What Is Emergency Dentistry?

What Is Emergency Dentistry?

Dental emergencies can happen anytime—while eating, playing a sports game, or even flossing your teeth. These situations are never convenient and can range from dental injuries to tooth or crown damage. Often, dental emergencies make themselves known through intense pain and even infection. Luckily, the experts at Desert Dental Alternatives are well-experienced in emergency dentistry no matter the cause. We understand the sudden stress an oral health emergency can cause. That’s why we are committed to delivering the quality care needed to treat a dental emergency with both compassion and urgency.

Call Desert Dental Alternatives immediately if you have an oral health emergency you need us to treat.

What is an Oral Health Emergency?

Emergency dentists provide immediate medical care to anyone experiencing an oral health emergency. Like other medical emergencies, an oral health emergency is often met with pain, discomfort, and swelling. Sometimes it is an obvious concern, like a tooth falling out suddenly, and sometimes it is a slow onset of tooth pain that becomes excruciating and unbearable. How do you know when it is necessary to call an emergency dentist?

Situations when you need to seek emergency dentistry include:

  • You’ve broken or knocked out a tooth
  • Your adult tooth becomes loose
  • You’ve chipped or broken a crown
  • You’ve lost a crown
  • You have severe tooth pain, especially if the pain has spread to aching in the jawbone
  • You’ve suffered a facial injury
  • You’re bleeding from the mouth
  • Your jaw or face is very swollen and/or sensitive
  • You’re missing a filling

Basically, any dental issue that needs immediate treatment to alleviate pain, treat oral infection, stop bleeding, or fix a broken or missing tooth is considered an oral health emergency and you need to seek emergency dentistry as soon as possible. Waiting or neglecting to treat a dental emergency can end up causing much more serious issues.

When You Need to Visit an Emergency Dentist

It is always better to be safe and call an emergency dentist, even when you are unsure how urgent your oral health emergency is. Even a seemingly painless cracked crown can lead to a dangerous and painful abscess or exposed nerves. A missing tooth can cause sensitivity and potential infection as well. If you have severe, aching pain, it could indicate an infection. When left untreated, this infection can spread and become a very serious medical emergency.

Our emergency dentists are able to determine how urgent or serious your oral health emergency is and how to treat the issue adequately and promptly in order to avoid further medical complications. This is why you want to call Desert Dental Alternatives immediately at the first onset of severe pain or when you experience a cracked, chipped, or missing tooth.

Common Emergency Dentistry Treatments

Depending on your dental emergency, your treatment can be quick, or it may need to be more extensive. For extreme oral pain, you may need:

  • Root canal
  • Extraction
  • Antibiotics
  • Dental crown
  • Dental filling

If you end up losing a crown or tooth or experience a chipped or broken crown or tooth, you may need:

  • Reimplantation
  • Dental crown replacement
  • Dental filling
  • Dental bonding

Visit Your Dentist Same Day for a Dental Emergency

If you are an existing patient at Desert Dental Alternatives, we will be able to treat you the same day during regular hours. If you are not an existing patient, you can become one on the same day as your first visit, and we will do our best to see you as soon as possible. The sooner you call following your dental emergency, the better! Your emergency dentists at Desert Dental Alternatives are here to help.

If you need emergency dentistry and are an existing Desert Dental Alternatives patient, you can get a same-day appointment with one of our dentists. Please don’t wait to call us!