Dental emergencies happen—and usually at the most inconvenient times. At Lee J. Martin, DMD, we do our best to help patients avoid dental emergencies by taking a proactive, preventive approach with oral health. Despite our best efforts, however, you might experience a dental emergency.
We will do our best to treat you on the same day as your dental emergency, particularly if you are in pain. Our first order of business will be to provide palliative care so you can be comfortable. If we cannot treat the issue at the time, we’ll schedule you for a follow-up appointment.
Is Your Situation a True Emergency?
It can be difficult to answer this question, so the best thing to do is to call us. We can talk to you about what you are experiencing and help you assess whether you need to come in immediately.
As a general rule, if you are in pain because of a toothache, you are bleeding from the mouth, your tooth has been knocked out or loosened, or if you have suffered a trauma to your mouth, we will want to see you right away.
Please note that if you have suffered a trauma and think you might have broken your jaw, go to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1 as soon as possible.
The following situations, although uncomfortable, usually do not constitute a dental emergency. Give us a call, and we will fit you in for the next available appointment if you are experiencing:
- Mild tooth pain that can be controlled with an over-the-counter pain reliever
- A filling or crown that has fallen out
- A piece of food stuck between teeth that you cannot remove with a toothbrush or dental floss
Will You Need a Root Canal?
Many times, the dental emergency involves a toothache that has become unbearable. The cause might indeed be an infection in the tooth root, and root canal therapy can relieve your pain and save your tooth. This much-feared dental procedure is quite common, and most of our patients report—with surprise in many cases—that it is no worse than getting a filling.
Can You Prevent Dental Emergencies?
Most people are unaware that the best way to prevent the majority of dental emergencies is visiting the dentist twice each year. We can often detect problems early on when treatment is quick and easy. Often, a minor dental issue will grow into a bigger one if you do not get treatment early. For instance, a small cavity can develop into a tooth infection, so you will find you need a root canal when a filling might have sufficed—if you had gone to the dentist.
If you are experiencing an urgent dental situation or if you are not sure, just give us a call! Someone will always be available—even after regular business hours. Our friendly team can help you decide whether you need immediate treatment or if it can wait. Call us today!