Whether it is an upcoming vacation, your best friend’s wedding day, or a big presentation you must give at work, dental emergencies can happen at any time. More often than not, you can expect it to be at the most inopportune time, which is why it’s important to be prepared. No matter the situation, your emergency dentist will be your greatest ally in diagnosing and treating the problem. Find out which common dental crises occur most often and how your dentist can help you achieve the relief you need.
What Are Some of the Most Common Dental Emergencies?
It is likely that if a dental emergency occurs, it will fall into one of the following categories:
- Chipped/Broken Tooth
- Knocked-Out Tooth
- Lost Filling or Crown
In most situations, bleeding, swelling, and pain are the most common symptoms associated with any type of dental crisis; however, it’s important to know that every person is different and so are their individual cases, so while one person might experience searing pain with a toothache, another individual may only view it as a dull ache. The severity of pain, while it can serve as an indicator of whether you should get to your dentist or the local emergency room, typically varies from person to person but should never be considered something that will simply “go away on its own.”
No matter what type of dental emergency occurs, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and call your dentist office to schedule an appointment.
How Can Your Emergency Dentist Help?
When speaking with a member of the dental team, you’ll want to explain your current situation. This will allow them to determine if it is a true emergency or something that can wait. Either way, they will walk you through the steps you can take at home to find relief and handle the situation until you are able to get in to see your dentist.
Once you arrive for your appointment, your dentist will immediately begin checking the problem area to provide a proper diagnosis. If x-rays are necessary, expect your dentist to request them in order to retrieve a full view of your oral cavity. With all the collected information, he can offer suggestive treatment to fix the problem and have you back on your way to your big event.
By choosing to see a dental professional instead of a local doctor in the emergency room, you will receive personalized treatment that is much quicker and more effective. Not only does their educational knowledge and training serve as an advantage in these situations, but you won’t have to worry about waiting hours in a lobby to seek treatment.
When accidents occur, make sure you have your emergency dentist on speed dial. Time is of the essence in certain situations, so don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call for an appointment. With the help of your dental professional, you will be pain-free in no time at all.
About the Author
Dr. Drew Addy and his team at Carlsbad Beach Dental understand that accidents happen. When they do, he is prepared and equipped to handle your dental needs, especially when you need it most. In fact, Dr. Addy is currently offering a $35 limited exam and x-ray special. Whether it’s a toothache, knocked-out tooth, or busted lip, you can trust your oral health is in good hands with this skilled and highly-trained dental professional.
Earning his undergraduate degree and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Southern California, Dr. Addy attended a General Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in West Los Angeles before receiving training at the Kois Center, which is world-renowned. In 2017 and 2018, he was voted one of San Diego’s top cosmetic and family dentists by San Diego Magazine. If you want to learn more about us and our services, contact us at (760) 492-6317.