An emergency dentist is a dentist who has specific training in dealing with urgent dental issues. While your general dentist is your primary care doctor, you may need to see an emergency dentist for issues that require immediate attention from a specialist in the field.
Common Dental Emergencies
Here are a few situations that may require the help of an emergency dentist:
- Severe tooth pain that cannot be managed with over-the-counter pain medications
- Broken or knocked-out teeth that must be reset or replaced in the gums by an emergency dentist
- A serious infection that has spread to the tooth and gums
- A severe toothache that keeps you awake at night and makes it hard to eat or drink anything
If you are experiencing any of these issues, consider calling an emergency dentist right away so you can take control of your health again. If you do this early enough, you can avoid the pain and additional damage to other parts of your mouth or other bodily systems.
When Should I See an Emergency Dentist?
An emergency dentist is trained to handle urgent situations, such as a knocked-out tooth, a lost filling or a crown, or a cracked or broken tooth that needs to be repaired immediately to prevent further damage. If you are experiencing a severe toothache, for example, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible to treat the problem before it becomes more severe.
Seeing a dentist right away can also prevent the need for more invasive procedures in the future. For example, an infected tooth may require extraction if it isn’t treated in time. If the infection isn’t caught and treated quickly, the tooth may need to be removed, and you could need a dental implant to replace it.
What Types of Treatment Will an Emergency Dentist Perform?
While emergency dentistry focuses on identifying and treating painful or damaged teeth, the treatments themselves can vary based on each patient’s unique needs. For example, a dentist may treat a tooth that has been knocked out of the socket with a dental implant restoration or perform a dental crown procedure to restore decayed or broken teeth.
Many patients benefit from sedation for emergency procedures such as root canal therapy to ease the pain and reduce anxiety about visiting the dentist. Our dentist will discuss the specific symptoms and treatment options with you during your emergency appointment to determine the best course of action.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (303) 427-4552 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 7475 Dakin St #335, Denver 80221.