A dental emergency can include a wide variety of oral and tooth issues requiring immediate intervention. It’s important to undergo emergency dental care if you experience any of the following issues:
- Tooth pain after biting down on something hard
- Lip, cheek, or gum lacerations that may require stitches
- A foreign object stuck in your gums or between teeth
- Lost crown, bridge, or filling
- Loose or knocked-out tooth
- Sudden and severe tooth pain
It’s important to visit iSmile Dental as soon as possible if you experience any of these issues. Undergoing immediate dental treatment can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
What can I expect during an emergency dentistry appointment?
When you come into iSmile Dental for emergency dental care, the team collaborates to help you get treated as quickly as possible. Your dentist has you lie back in the dental chair, and, if needed, they can administer novocaine injections to numb your gums for pain relief before examining you.
In most cases, digital X-rays are necessary to evaluate tooth decay, damage, or injury. Your dentist also performs a comprehensive exam and reviews all of your symptoms. Usually, by this time, your dentist can diagnose your dental issue and counsel you about which treatments you may need.
Which emergency dentistry treatments are available?
iSmile Dental houses state-of-the-art tools and equipment, so you can have all of your emergency dental needs met under one roof. Depending on your specific dental emergency, your dentist may recommend one or more of the following solutions:
- Stitches to repair cuts or injuries
- Antibiotic medications
- Crown, bridge, or filling
- Tooth extraction
- Root canal
If you have a knocked-out tooth, it’s important to keep your tooth moist and handle it only by the crown until you get to the office. Ideally, you should place it back in the socket if possible, although it’s also acceptable to place your tooth in a container and immerse it in milk. Your dentist may be able to perform a surgical procedure to secure your tooth back into the socket, as long as the root is still intact.
iSmile Dental provides same-day emergency dentistry services. You can call the office nearest you, or you can stop by either location if you require immediate care. Alternatively, non-emergency appointments can be requested online.