When you or a friend or loved one experiences physical trauma, you go to a hospital emergency room where they will assess the type of treatment you need. Medical professionals trained to handle broken bones or concussions are the best people to go to in the event that an accident happens involving broken bones or head injuries.
The same goes for emergency dentistry. When you or someone you know has an accident and incurs damage to their teeth, come see us at Artistry in Dentistry, where we offer emergency and urgent dental care.
What Is Emergency Dentistry and What Does It Cover?
Dental treatments and appointments are typically organized and held to a schedule. But an emergency can’t wait to be squeezed into an open time slot a week or two from the time of the accident. That’s why we have emergency dentistry.
Emergency dental care is when our office staff and dentists are on-hand to treat urgent and serious cases of dental trauma, including things such as the following:
- Bacterial Infection: This is a serious condition that if left untreated can cause abscesses to form. If you are sensitive to hot and cold, have persistent aching pain in your tooth or teeth, a fever, and/or swelling in the mouth, come see us immediately.
- Inflammation: Canker sores and cold sores aren’t fun. If you’ve been dealing with yours for an extended period of time (weeks) come see us.
- Abscess: Abscesses form when a bacterial infection is left untreated. They are pus-filled pockets that form in either the gums or teeth. If you have a fever coupled with intense pain in the mouth, you might have an abscess.
- Knocked out tooth: Accidents happen. If a tooth gets knocked out, keep it clean and come see us right away.
- Loose Tooth: If you have concern over a loose tooth, we will check it out for you.
- Cuts and Lacerations to Gums, Tongue, Lips, or Cheeks: If facial tissues are cut or otherwise damaged, you may not need to visit a hospital. Dr. Sullivan is excellent with tissues associated with the facial area.
- Severe Toothache: When dental pain becomes intense, it may indicate a need for an emergency intervention.
- Chipped Tooth: A small loss of tooth material may lead to larger damage if untreated, so we restore teeth quickly.
- Broken or Cracked Tooth: A crack or break can spread. We may use a filling, crown, or other method to protect and strengthen your damaged tooth.
- Facial Trauma: A car accident, sports injury, or other event may lead to facial impacts or other damage. In some cases, your dentist will be perfectly suited to treat it.
Call us for more information about types of dental emergencies we treat or to come see us!
Get a Professional Diagnosis
Sometimes, it is difficult to know for sure if you have a true emergency. You don’t know if a tooth is supposed to be that loose. You don’t know if tooth pain will go away naturally or will get worse.
That’s why the most important first step in emergency dentistry is to get your dental issue diagnosed. We have years of experience in quickly going through our checklist to find the main cause of the issue.
Often, dental equipment is the only way to get a real diagnosis. An x-ray scanner, intraoral camera, high-powered lights, and even a dental mirror can all be used in your diagnosis.
Call Dr. Sullivan for Rapid Emergency Dentistry
If you’re in pain or see an obvious dental problem, call Artistry in Dentistry immediately. We’ll find you the first appointment we can—often on the same day—and work to diagnose and resolve the issue quickly.