When Is A Dental Condition Considered an Emergency?
Dental emergencies can include common issues like lost fillings, loose crowns, or chipped teeth to more severe problems like avulsed teeth or infected gums. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, you should come for treatment as soon as possible.
However, some patients will put off seeing the dentist until their pain becomes unbearable. While we understand wanting to wait until the last possible moment to come in for dental care, we never want our patients to suffer unnecessarily. If you wait too long to come in, you may need to spend more time and money on restorative treatments.
The Benefits of Emergency Treatment
At your emergency appointment, we can treat your condition with immediate care. We may place your tooth in restoration to stabilize it, or you may need several dental procedures to restore your smile to health. Sometimes, a simple filling or dental crown can repair a damaged or broken tooth and restore it to its original form. Other times, root canal therapy may be necessary to save the tooth. Root canal therapy removes the infected tissue inside the tooth and seals it off to prevent further inflammation. It also enables us to restore strength to the tooth structure so it can be saved. Once your condition is stabilized, we will schedule you for a follow-up appointment to complete any necessary restorative treatments.
The more quickly you contact us about your emergency, the better. By coming in to see us as soon as possible after your injury, we can help to minimize any pain and damage that has been done to your oral health. Your oral health is too important to risk waiting to address emergencies such as chipped teeth or broken restorations.