What Is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies are abrupt dental issues that require prompt if not immediate, dental attention from a licensed emergency dentist. Examples of dental emergencies include losing dental restorations, severe toothaches, knocking or fracturing your tooth, and some dental abscesses. Unlike regular dental issues, treatment for dental emergencies cannot wait, or the issues might get out of hand, causing serious complications.
The Benefits of Emergency Dentistry
Emergency dentistry allows patients to receive treatment for their dental emergencies, regardless of the issue. It helps address emergency dental issues before they spiral out of control and become severe issues that are more expensive and complicated to treat. If left untreated, issues like dental abscesses can lead to septic shock and organ failure.
Dentists can also help restore functionality to knocked-out or severely damaged teeth with emergency dentistry. Dental emergencies significantly limit the functionality of your teeth. Tooth pain, profuse bleeding, and swollen gums can make eating and speaking difficult. Emergency dentistry solves these issues so you can regain proper functionality of your mouth and teeth.
Protect Teeth From Infections
Finally, emergency dentistry helps protect your teeth from bacterial and fungal infections. Most dental emergencies expose sensitive parts of the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to bacteria and fungal infections. Emergency dental services address these emergencies swiftly, reducing the risk of infection.
Emergency Dental Treatment Process
Evaluation & Assessment
Our Harbor City dentist will comprehensively assess your dental emergency immediately after you arrive at the clinic. The assessment will involve questions about your medical history, pain level, and symptoms. In some cases, the dentist might take X-rays and conduct other diagnostic tests before moving to the next step.
Pain Management and Stabilization
Most patients with dental emergencies are typically in a lot of pain. The dentist will administer potent painkillers or a local anaesthetic to help subdue the pain. The dentist will also stabilise your dental situation, depending on the emergency. For instance, they might use cotton gauze to stop the bleeding after knocking out your tooth and drain the pus for dental abscesses.
Treatment and Follow Up Care
The emergency dentist will create a treatment plan based on information from the evaluation. The dentist will then proceed with the treatment indicated in the treatment plan. Examples of treatment for these emergencies include root canals, dental fillings, dental implants, and many others.