One of the best ways that you can prevent dental issues is by practicing proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice daily, flossing at least once, using an alcohol-free mouthwash, and visiting the dentist every 6 months. The dental visits allow the dentist to detect and treat issues early before they become a dental emergency. The good news is the team at Avery Dental Center is equipped to deal with a variety of dental emergencies. In this article, we’ll explain more about dental emergencies and how we deal with them.

Understanding Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency can happen at any time of the day or night- and typically does happen outside of office hours. Most of the time, these emergencies are characterized by extreme and uncontrollable pain, bleeding, swelling, and other symptoms.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are several different types of dental emergencies. If you experience any of the following, call the office as soon as possible and explain your situation. If necessary, we’ll get you in immediately. If it can wait, we will get you on the schedule as soon as the office opens.

Dental Pain

Sudden, unexplainable dental pain should always be taken seriously because it could indicate an infection or other problem.

Wisdom Tooth Pain

Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, can cause a lot of issues. If you are having pain or if your wisdom teeth are impacted, it’s critical to have them extracted as soon as possible.

Jaw fractures

If your jaw is fractured or broken, it’s a good idea to go straight to the emergency room for treatment.

Emergency Extractions

In some cases, the only option is to extract the tooth. If this is the case, we will numb the area and remove the tooth the easiest way we can. Simple extractions involve simply pulling the tooth. Surgical extractions become necessary if the tooth is complicated.

Emergency Root Canal

We always try to salvage the natural tooth when possible. If an infection has gotten into the tooth pulp, we’ll first consider a root canal. This involves removing the pulp, cleaning the tooth, and replacing it with a biocompatible artificial material to support the structure of the tooth.

Bleeding Gums

If you notice some blood in the toothpaste when you brush your teeth, it’s probably nothing to worry about. However, if the bleeding is excessive and uncontrollable, you may have the beginnings of gum disease.

Broken Dentures

Broken dentures are an urgent issue, but not a critical one. If your dentures break, contact the office and we can schedule an appointment to get a new set made.

Surgical Complications

Complications from oral surgery include uncontrollable pain, bleeding, swelling, fever, and other issues. If you experience any of these following dental surgery, it’s important to seek emergency treatment.

Fractured Teeth

If you experience trauma to the face/mouth or bite down on something hard, you may fracture or break a tooth. If this happens, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible to improve your chances of salvaging the tooth. If left untreated, you could lose the tooth and increase your risk of additional issues.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a pimple-like spot near an infected tooth. If an abscess develops, emergency treatment is critical. If left untreated, an abscess could spread to other areas of your body including your heart or brain.

Emergency Dental Treatment is Critical for Pediatric Patients

While emergency treatment is important for all age groups, it is critical for pediatric patients who have a dental emergency. When left untreated, a dental emergency can have serious consequences for pediatric patients. If it is a primary tooth, it could impact the permanent tooth that comes behind it. In some cases, it could cause the tooth to never erupt. If it is a permanent tooth, the child would be missing a tooth, which could lead to additional issues.

Steps You Can Take Before Your Emergency Dental Appointment

If you are having pain, try an OTC pain reliever or a natural remedy such as clove oil, garlic, or others. If you are having swelling, try using an ice pack on the cheek near the affected tooth. You should never use heat in case there is an infection because the heat could cause the infection to grow and spread. If you are having bleeding, try biting down on a piece of gauze.

Expectations from Dental Visit

When you visit the dentist for emergency treatment, the first thing we will do is get your pain and/or bleeding under control. Once we’ve done this, we can examine your mouth to determine the cause of your emergency. If possible, we can treat the issue at that time, but in some cases, the procedure will need to be scheduled for another time in the near future.

Trust Avery Dental Center with Your Dental Emergencies

If you are in or near Dublin, Ohio, you can trust Avery Dental Center with all of your dental needs, including your emergencies. We are located in Dublin, Ohio. Our staff has the experience and expertise to help you get your emergency under control and administer the appropriate treatment to keep the problem from coming back. We look forward to meeting you and helping you keep your smile healthy and happy at all times.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

A dental emergency can happen at any time of the day or night, regardless of the dental clinic’s office hours. The team at Avery Dental Center offers emergency dental care. We realize that these situations can be scary and confusing, which is why we will work with you to help you relax and understand your condition. Here are a few of the most common questions that we’ve been asked.
If you experience a dental emergency, it’s important to see an emergency dentist before the problem escalates. For example, if you have a dental abscess, it could spread to other areas of your body including your heart and/or brain, which could be life-threatening.
Tooth decay becomes a dental emergency when you have extreme pain and/or bleeding, or when an abscess forms. An abscess is an indication that the infection may be starting to spread.
If you are experiencing extreme pain, swelling, and/or bleeding in your mouth, you need to see an emergency dentist.
If you have a broken tooth that will not stop bleeding, the best thing to do is come into the office. We can help you get the bleeding under control and take steps to salvage the tooth if possible.

In most cases, a dental emergency happens without warning, which means it’s not possible to completely avoid it. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk:

  • Practice proper oral hygiene
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports
  • Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth
  • Visit the dentist twice yearly
  • Make healthy dietary choices
  • Stop smoking
If your tooth pain is unbearable, contact the dentist right away. We can get you into the office and get your pain under control so that we can determine the cause.
The first thing that we will do is get any bleeding, pain, and/or other symptoms under control. After that, we will perform an exam. An emergency dental exam is different from a comprehensive exam. The purpose of a comprehensive exam is to determine the current condition of your mouth and teeth, while the purpose of an emergency exam is to determine the cause of your emergency, whether you are having pain, swelling, bleeding, or a combination of these or other symptoms.
A tooth abscess is a condition characterized by a pimple-like spot on the gum near the affected tooth. If left untreated, the abscess could grow larger and the infection could spread to other areas of your body.
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