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. If you’ve ever experienced a dental emergency, you’ll appreciate how sudden and inconvenient they often are. Instead of happening during your day off when you have all the time in the world to address it, it might decide to rear its ugly head right before an important meeting, social event, or even on your vacation!
It’s also important to note that even the most diligent brushers and flossers aren’t exempt from dental emergencies. Over time, someone in your family will likely experience a dental emergency that may require immediate attention. Even now, you might be worried about a mild, throbbing tooth pain that doesn’t seem to be going away.
Dental emergencies can be painful, stressful, and the absolute least convenient time to start shopping around for a reputable dentist. If you don’t already have a trusted family and general dentist, we recommend starting your search now before any emergencies. That way, you can feel relief when you see a familiar and trusted face during a time of uncertainty.
Dental emergencies that occur during our regular business hours are as easy as calling our friendly front desk staff and letting them know what your situation is. We make room in our schedule every day for last-minute dental emergencies, and we do our best to see our patients on the same day. Dr. Martin may still see any emergencies that happen after hours, give our number a call, and we will be able to determine how soon we can see you. Tooth pain that is untreated and ignored doesn’t magically heal itself; unfortunately, it will just keep growing in pain and intensity.
The very first thing your emergency dentist in Garden City, GA will do once we have ascertained the situation is to relieve and manage your pain. That way, you can breathe and think clearly without feeling the stress and pressure of discomfort and agony. Once we get you back to baseline, we can start going over your treatment options and which procedures can heal you.
Our goal is to get you back to your regular life as soon as we can.
- What Is a Dental Emergency?
- Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
- Will a Root Canal Be Necessary?
- How Do I Prevent a Dental Emergency?
What Is a Dental Emergency?
We describe a dental emergency as anything unusual and abnormal with your teeth, jaw, gums, and mouth.
Has your dental crown come loose or fallen off? This can be a dental emergency because Dr. Martin will want to re-cap your tooth to prevent food particles and bacteria from entering and causing an infection.
A broken or knocked-out tooth is undoubtedly a dental emergency, but one we might be able to treat if we can see you right after the event and so long as you keep your tooth clean and moist.
In between these two examples lies a wide field of different oral health issues that range in urgency, pain, and stress. What’s important is that Dr. Martin treats each case with compassionate care and professionalism that lets patients know that once they walk through our doors, they can sit back and relax. We will work hard to keep your teeth and gums safe and healthy.
When people think of dental emergencies, they might think of horror movie depictions of dental pain. Yet, outside of an accident or trauma to your tooth, many dental emergencies are actually a long time coming—small infections or diseases that start small and could have been prevented.
Your Garden City, GA dentist can help prevent and avoid a stressful dental emergency through simple yet effective actions, like:
- Perform routine dental cleanings that allow us to remove plaque build-up
- Administer gum disease treatment and schedule frequent check-ups
- Perform dental exams to look for signs of decay, disease, infection, fractured teeth, and more
- Advice on how to brush and floss at home properly
Simple preventive dentistry can eliminate many common dental emergencies that are a result of a small oral health issue that is untreated. Preventive dentistry also relies on patients and their knowledge of their oral health.
Only you and your dentist are closely acquainted with your dental health and how it should look. If you start to notice small, atypical symptoms like sudden sensitivity to temperature, swollen and red gums, bleeding after brushing and flossing, then do not hesitate to call the dental office of Lee Martin DMD right away.
Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
It can be challenging to answer this question, so the best thing to do is to call us and go over your symptoms with our compassionate dental team. We can talk to you about what you are experiencing and help you assess whether you need to come in immediately or if you can wait until the next dental appointment.
As a rule of thumb, if you are experiencing long-term or sharp toothaches, have uncontrollable bleeding from the mouth, or have a tooth that has been fractured, loosened, or knocked-out, or if you have had an injury or blow to your mouth, we will want to see you right away.
Please note that if you have suffered trauma and think you might have broken your jaw, go to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1 as soon as possible.
If you experience any of the following dental scenarios—uncomfortable as they are—they might not be dental emergencies. Give us a call, and we will fit you in for the next available appointment:
- Mild tooth pain that can be controlled with an over-the-counter pain reliever
- A filling or dental crown that has fallen out
- Food stuck between teeth that you cannot remove with a toothbrush or dental floss
Will a Root Canal Be Necessary?
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.
Root canals, while feared and avoided, are a very common dental procedure, and most of our patients report—with surprise in many cases—that it is no more painful than filling a cavity.
The unbearable pain, suffering, and agony of a root canal might have been a truth for people decades ago, but these days patients will feel very little during the procedure. Root canals often end pain and suffering; they don’t add to it!
While most patients don’t want to hear that they will need a root canal, this is the final step before dental extraction. At Lee Martin DMD, we do our best to save your tooth and its neighbors.
How Do I Prevent a Dental Emergency?
Most people are unaware that the most cost-efficient and effective way to prevent the majority of dental emergencies is by visiting the dentist at least 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 example, a teeny-tiny cavity can turn into tooth decay and infection, so instead of a routine (and less costly) dental filling, you might find yourself getting ready for a root canal—something you could have avoided by seeing your dentist regularly.
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!