While an emergency room is certainly able to handle most situations, an emergency dentist should be your go-to caretaker for any oral emergencies you may encounter. An emergency dentist has the special knowledge required to treat issues with your teeth, gums, tongue, or jaw.
Understanding the signs of when it’s time for an emergency dental appointment can help you decide if you should contact Dr. Adams.
Signs It’s Time for an Emergency Dentist
A dentist’s office is a busy place. To make sure you need immediate dental care, we have outlined some of the most serious reasons that should lead you directly to an emergency dentist.
Significant Damages to Teeth
If you have broken a tooth, knocked a tooth out, or pulled the majority of it out of the socket, seek emergency dental care immediately.
Failure to have your tooth pushed back into its socket or sealed can lead to more serious dental work.
For example, if the pulp remains exposed it can become infected, resulting in a root canal and possible prescription medications. All of this is not only harder to correct, but it also results in a much larger bill.
Pain it your body’s way of alerting you to an injury.
Severe mouth pain is no exception. If normal first aid procedures, like taking an anti-inflammatory and icing the site, do not reduce the pain after 30 minutes – seek out an emergency dentist.
Pus, Swelling or Visible Abscesses
Pus, swelling, and abscesses are indications of a bacterial infection.
Never wait for emergency dental care. The longer you wait, the worse it can become. To combat these types of infections, you will need a prescription for antibiotics. A follow up appointment should be scheduled with your family dentist.
Bleeding of the Mouth or Gums
Accidentally biting your lip or tongue can be painful.
If you have drawn blood, this will typically stop within a few minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, you should contact a dental office with emergency services. Some situations warrant a hospital visit. Gushing blood that doesn’t clot is one of these situations. Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Your Arroyo Grande Emergency Dentist
If you are in the Arroyo Grande area and believe you are in need of an emergency dentist, the dental office of Irina S. Adams, DMD can help.
Contact us today to find out more about our emergency dentist facilities as well as all of our other services.