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Emergency Dentistry 101
If you’re having serious tooth pain or other mouth problems, your dentist will likely be the first person you call. But what happens when your dentist can’t see you right away? Dental emergencies are serious problems in your teeth and mouth that need to be taken care of right away, and that’s where emergency dentistry comes in. Emergency dentists may operate at times outside normal hours, in case you have a problem during the night, or on a weekend or a holiday. They may be able to get you in for an appointment when your regular dentist can’t see you.
A dental emergency usually involves serious pain, bleeding, abscesses, infections, or missing teeth. These are all conditions that can be grave, or in some cases, life-threatening. It’s always a great idea to have the contact info for an emergency dentist on hand so that you know there’s always someone who is able to see you in the event that you need immediate treatment.
Who Needs Emergency Dentistry?
Emergency dentistry can treat a variety of conditions in patients of any age. Here are some of the most common conditions that emergency dentistry can treat:
- Abscessed tooth – if you have serious dental pain combined with facial swelling, bleeding gums, or a fever, it can be a sign that you have an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pocket of pus near the tooth, and is a sign of a serious infection. An abscessed tooth must be treated immediately, as the infection can spread from the tooth to the surrounding tissue, your jaw, or other parts of your body. The dentist will likely drain the abscess and perform a root canal.
- Lost or loose tooth – adults should never have loose teeth. If you find that one of your teeth is loose, or that you lose one of your teeth in an accident (i.e. while playing sports), if you act quickly, your dentist may be able to save the tooth. Be especially careful not to touch the tooth’s root, and transport it carefully to the emergency dentist.
- Cracked tooth – if a chipped or cracked tooth is not causing you pain, you may be able to hold off on seeing a dentist. But a serious crack can cause pain and swelling, which constitutes a dental emergency.
Emergency Dentistry at Brentwood Dental Spa
If you’ve ever needed emergency dental care in the Los Angeles area, you know how helpful it can be to have a great relationship with a dentist you trust. At Brentwood Dental Spa, we strive to form close relationships built on trust with all of our patients. While we hope you never have the need for emergency dentistry, you can also rest easy knowing that we are here if you ever encounter an emergency situation.
And if you’re currently encountering a dental emergency in Brentwood, CA, give us a call to schedule an appointment right away. We understand how painful and distressing these dental issues can be, and we ensure that you will be seen by one of our friendly dentists as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate – waiting any longer will only cause you further pain, and it’s critical that you get help as soon as possible!
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