Any type of unexpected event can through you for a loop, but it can be especially shocking when it affects your smile! When a dental emergency strikes, you may not know what to do right away. The first thing to do is to contact an emergency dentist so your smile can be treated as soon as possible. By seeking immediate help for your help, you can make the situation more manageable and receive guidance for your next steps. Read on to learn about dental emergencies and how to find an emergency dentist right away.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Your mouth is one of the most sensitive areas of your body, so even minor issues can sometimes feel like an emergency. However, there are some common dental emergencies that will need to be seen by a professional right away, such as:
- Loss of a tooth
- A fractured, cracked, or severely chipped tooth
- A loose or knocked tooth
- An accident that has caused damage to the teeth or mouth
- Experiencing severe tooth pain even if there is no visible damage
- Wounds to the tissue of the lips, tongue, or cheeks (even if teeth are still in good condition)
- Severe pain, swelling, or bleeding that develops soon after a dental treatment (i.e., filling, root canal, tooth extraction, etc.)
- A serious infection or abscess
- Loss of a crown or filling
Tips for Finding an Emergency Dentist Right Away
Handling a dental injury can be very stressful. Here are a few tips for finding an emergency dentist as quickly as possible to get fast, effective relief:
- Reach out to your dentist: Your dentist may already provide emergency care, unbeknownst to you, and you may be able to make a same-day appointment. Also, even if you call outside of standard business hours, many dental practices have specific instructions on their voicemail about what to do in an emergency situation.
- Use the ADA dentist locator tool: If you are out of town, using the American Dental Association’s online tool can help you find a certified dentist close by.
- Seek Recommendations: Ask family and friends if they have any recommendations for local dentists who offer after-hours services or same-day appointments.
- Check online: Take advantage of directories, such as ZocDoc or DentalMatch, to find emergency dental care in your area. And of course, Google is always your friend by providing information in an instant!
- Head to your local ER: If you are experiencing severe oral pain and are unable to get ahold of a dentist nearby, consider heading to your local ER. Although they likely won’t have a dental professional on staff, they can help you manage the pain and ensure there are no other complications present.
About the Author
Dr. Daniel J. Passidomo and his team are eager to help you keep your smile healthy, whole, and beautiful. He received his dental doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and is an active member of several dental associations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. With over 25 years of experience, he offers a comprehensive range of dental services, including emergency care. To get immediate guidance for your dental emergency and to make a same-day appointment, contact him through his website or call (937) 886-9935.