Emergency Dentistry

At The Smilist Dental, we strive to provide our patients with the best dental care, which includes providing emergency same-day dentistry at all our locations, whether if it is due to a tooth that was chipped or knocked out, or if you are experiencing excruciating tooth pain from an infected tooth.

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What is Emergency Dentistry?

The most common dental injuries are chipped, cracked, broken, or knocked out teeth. These injuries usually happen by a sports accident, a fall, trying to eat food that is too hard or any other type of accident. Sometimes depending on how bad the dental accident is or the location of the tooth, it is possible that a minor chipped or broken tooth can wait to be treated by your dentist during normal business hours. But if the crack is severe, has nerve damage, or is completely knocked out, you should seek immediate medical attention at your nearest emergency room.

What Should I Do In A Dental Emergency?

In the event of a dental emergency, it is important to: 

  • Evaluate the situation: The first thing to do is to determine the severity of the emergency. Is there a lot of pain, bleeding, or swelling? Is your tooth missing, broken, or loose?
  • Control bleeding: If bleeding occurs, use a clean cloth or gauze to apply gentle pressure to the affected area for 10–15 minutes. 
  • Save the lost tooth: If you have lost a tooth, handle it carefully by the crown (top) and avoid touching the root. Gently rinse it with water if it is dirty, but do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue. Time is crucial, so seek dental care immediately.
  • Control pain and swelling: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help relieve discomfort and reduce swelling. Applying cold to the outside of the mouth may also provide relief and help reduce swelling.
  • Contact a dentist: Whether during regular office hours or after hours, contact your dentist as soon as possible. They can provide guidance over the phone and schedule an emergency appointment if necessary. If you are unable to reach your regular dentist, seek care at an emergency dental clinic or hospital.

Don’t forget that quick action and seeking professional dental care are crucial in a dental emergency. Do not hesitate to contact your dentist or seek medical attention if you are unsure how to proceed.

Treatment Options for Dental Emergencies

Tooth Damage

The dentist evaluates the dental damage by visual examination and x-rays. For the treatment of: 

  • Chipped or Cracked Teeth: Dental adhesives, dental fillings, or dental crowns are used.
  • Broken Teeth: Fillings, crowns, or root canals may be needed if the dental pulp is damaged. 
  • Knocked-Out Teeth: Reimplantation is attempted and, if not possible, replacement options such as dental implants are considered.

Pain and Infection

The dentist identifies the source of the pain and infection by a detailed examination and by asking the patient about the symptoms. From this, they will decide on the treatment. The most common treatments are: 

Toothache: For chipped or cracked teeth, treatment options may include:

  • Dental bonding: It is a repair technique. Tooth-colored composite resins are used to repair the damage.
  • Fillings: If the fracture is small, a filling may be sufficient to restore the form and function of the tooth.
  • Dental crowns: For more extensive fractures or weakened teeth, a dental crown may be placed to provide additional protection and support.

Tooth Abscess: In the case of a tooth abscess, which is a painful bacterial infection that can occur in the root of the tooth or in the surrounding tissue, treatment may involve the following steps:

  • Drainage: The first step is usually to drain the abscess to relieve pain and remove the infection. This may involve making an incision in the abscess to allow the pus to drain. 
  • Antibiotics: After drainage, you may be prescribed antibiotics to fight the infection and prevent its spread. 
  • Possible extraction: Depending on the severity of the infection and the condition of the affected tooth, it may be necessary to extract the tooth. If the tooth cannot be saved due to extensive damage or severe infection, extraction may be the best option to prevent the spread of infection to other areas of the mouth.

Gum Infection (Gingivitis or Periodontitis): When dealing with a gum infection such as gingivitis or periodontitis, two main steps can be taken:

  • Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning): This procedure removes plaque and tartar build-up both above and below the gum line. It helps stop the progression of infection and restore gum health.
  • Antibiotics: In severe cases of periodontitis, where there is significant damage to the supporting tissues of the tooth, antibiotics may be prescribed to fight the infection. 

Other Injuries

For other dental emergencies, the procedure involves assessing the situation through visual examinations and X-rays. Some examples of injuries include:

  • Loose Tooth: A fixation device may be applied to stabilize the tooth, or the tooth may be extracted if it is not salvageable.
  • Jaw Injury: X-rays are taken, pain medication is prescribed, and a splint may be applied. In complex cases, a referral to a surgeon is made. 
  • Object Lodged in Teeth/Gums: The object is carefully removed, and additional treatments are performed as needed.

Emergency Dental Solutions: How We Can Help

At The Smilists, we offer emergency dental care with several advantages:

  • Quick access to emergency appointments.
  • Expert team ready to handle any situation.
  • Advanced treatments and customized solutions to alleviate pain and restore dental health.

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Our skilled and trustworthy dentists are trained and equipped to deliver comprehensive dental care

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We provide high-quality dental care for all ages and all family members at our offices.

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Life happens, and we are here to help when it does. We offer same day appointments for emergencies.

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Our state-of-the-art dental offices have the latest dental technologies to help diagnose oral health conditions so that they can be treated as early as possible.

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FAQs about Emergency Dentist

Are there emergency dentists?

Yes, many dental practices have provisions for emergency dental care. These dentists are available to handle urgent dental issues outside of regular office hours.

How much does an emergency dentist cost?

The cost of emergency dental care can vary based on factors such as the severity of the issue, the treatment needed, and the dentist’s pricing structure. It’s advisable to inquire about pricing when scheduling an emergency appointment.

Can a dentist refuse emergency treatment?

Dentists have ethical obligations to provide emergency treatment when necessary. However, there may be circumstances where they are unable to provide immediate care, such as being fully booked or lacking the necessary equipment. In such cases, they should offer guidance on alternative options for seeking urgent care.

Can you go to a different dentist for an emergency?

Yes, if your regular dentist is unavailable or unable to provide emergency care, you can seek treatment from another dentist. Many dental practices have emergency protocols in place to accommodate patients who are not regular clients.

Are emergency dentists more expensive?

Emergency dental care may incur additional costs due to the urgency and specialized nature of the treatment. However, whether emergency dentists are more expensive overall can vary depending on the specific practice and the services provided. It’s advisable to discuss fees and payment options with the dentist or their staff before receiving treatment.

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency includes severe pain, excessive bleeding, broken or missing teeth, severe infections, among others.

I have a severe toothache. What should I do?

Seek dental care immediately. Take analgesics as directed and apply cold to relieve pain.

I knocked my tooth out. What should I do?

Rinse with water without rubbing and seek immediate emergency. 

I have a chipped tooth. Is this an emergency?

If chipping causes severe pain or affects function, consider it an emergency and seek dental care.

Emergency Dental Service 

At The Smilist, we understand the urgency of dental emergencies and are committed to providing prompt and expert care when you need it most. Our experienced team of emergency dentists is here to address your urgent dental needs with compassion and skill. Whether you’re experiencing severe pain, a knocked-out tooth, or any other dental emergency, you can trust The Smilist to provide exceptional care. Don’t wait until it’s too late – visit us today for your emergency dental service, and let us help restore your smile and peace of mind. 

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