What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Some dental emergencies are obvious, like when you have a throbbing toothache. But Dr. Justin Waters is available for you anytime you have an oral health situation that’s out of the ordinary. Our patients experience many types of dental emergencies, including:
We want to support you in an emergency, so please call us right away and let us know what’s happening. A kind and knowledgeable team member will ask what you are experiencing to see if your situation is critical or if it can wait until our next available appointment.
Critical Dental Emergencies
Some dental emergencies shouldn’t and can’t wait and require immediate attention to provide relief and treatment to save the tooth.
There’s a twinge of discomfort that’s more annoying than anything else, and then there is a full-blown, excruciating toothache. If this is the case, you could be in imminent danger of losing a tooth to decay or infection, and Dr. Justin Waters needs to treat you right away.
We can’t save a knocked-out tooth in every case, but we have the best chance when we can get to it immediately.
Hold the tooth by the crown and avoid disturbing the root. Rinse the tooth gently with water if it’s dirty, and try to place it back in its socket. If you can’t, place the tooth in saliva or milk to keep the root moist or hold it in your mouth between your cheek and gums. Call us right away.
Dental Emergencies to Treat as Soon as Possible
By promptly seeking medical attention, you can greatly improve your prognosis and increase the chances of a successful outcome, not only by minimizing pain and discomfort but also by reducing the risk of potential complications, such as infections or the spread of an existing infection to other parts of your body