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4 Signs You Need Emergency Dental Care
No one wants to visit the dentist if they don’t have to. But if you’re experiencing oral or facial pain or knocked out a tooth, the only way to find relief is to schedule an appointment. Your emergency dentist is the only one who can properly treat your pain and provide the best solution for your situation. The good news is that most dentists can see you the same day of your emergency, or early the next morning, so there’s no need to live in discomfort for long.
Concussion, excessive bleeding, or severe facial trauma require immediate medical attention. It’s always recommended that you visit your nearest emergency room right away if you or a family member is in this situation. For non-life-threatening dental emergencies, your local dentist can provide timely treatment.
If you have any of the symptoms, contact your emergency dentist right away:
Dislodged or knocked-out tooth
A tooth that has been pushed out of place, partially knocked out of the socket, or fully dislodged requires immediate attention. If replaced in the socket within the proper timeframe and held secure with a splint, the tooth may be able to be saved. A root canal may be needed as well.
An infection due to an injury, cavity, or previous dental work can cause an abscess to form at the base of the tooth root and needs emergency care. Most often, treatment consists of a root canal to eliminate the damaged pulp from inside the root.
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot in an empty tooth socket is dislodged and exposes underlying nerves and bone. To prevent infection, this requires immediate treatment, usually involving cleaning the empty socket and packing the space with gauze.
Broken or fractured tooth
A large portion of a tooth that has broken off or fractures cannot be treated at home and needs the care of an emergency dentist. Depending on the size and extent of the break, you may need a filling, dental crown, or a root canal. More severe cases may require emergency extractions.
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