When it comes to dental problems, you may not know when to seek emergency care. Hospital emergency rooms do not treat dental emergencies beyond providing treatment for temporary pain relief as they are not staffed with dentists.
Therefore, the best place to go for a dental emergency is an emergency dentist. Not all dentists offer this service – some only see patients on an appointment-only basis with no exceptions. However, some dentists are empathetic to the fact that dental emergencies come up unannounced and can be unbearable for patients to endure. Because of this, they offer services for dental emergencies.
So, when should you see an emergency dentist? It can be difficult to determine if you should wait a few days to see a dentist or see one immediately. Here are situations in which you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible.
Broken or Fallen Out Tooth
A traumatic blow may loosen or knock out a tooth. In such situations, you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. It may be possible to reattach the tooth if you take steps to see a professional quickly.
Abscessed Tooth or Bleeding Gums
An abscessed tooth is one of the most painful dental emergencies you could have. Abscessed means there is pus present, often a result of an infection. Abscessed teeth require dental treatment as soon as possible because the infection can spread to other parts of the body and will likely get worse as time goes on. While it is normal to experience some bleeding in your gums once in a while, especially after flossing, continuous bleeding is not normal. If you have gums that will not stop bleeding, it could be a sign of a bigger problem.
If you are suffering from an intense toothache, see an emergency dentist. While a lot of tooth-related issues can wait, an intense toothache can cause you to suffer immensely. It can prevent you from eating, talking, and even doing your job. One reason you may have a serious toothache is if you have a cavity. Untreated cavities affect the nerves under the teeth, which can cause intense pain.
If you are suffering from intense pain, bleeding, or a tooth that has been knocked out, an emergency dentist can bring you relief quickly. Don’t wait and suffer – a lot of dental emergencies get worse with time.
At the dental office of Dr. Ernie Soto, we provide the highest quality and comprehensive oral care to our patients in a relaxing and friendly environment. We believe in preventive dental care through regular check-ups and early treatment of oral issues. If you have a dental emergency, we will do everything in our power to help you as quickly as possible.
Your comfort is very important to us. If the thought of going to the dentist scares you, we are one of the few dental practices that offer IV sedation. This will ensure you are completely relaxed during your procedure.
To learn more about the dental services we offer, call us at (954) 368-6264 or schedule your appointment now. Our friendly staff welcomes you to our state-of-the-art dental clinic in Plantation, Florida.