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Emergency Dental Treatment: What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

July 9, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — nawrockidmdteam @ 7:52 pm

What is emergency dental treatment? Most dentists have an emergency line or another method to handle emergencies. Many patients, however, would not know what constitutes a dental emergency or when to contact the emergency line. Our blog is a terrific resource for patients that would like to learn more about dental treatments and dental topics. Today we will discuss the dental emergency. We hope you learn something and enjoy!

What Makes a Dental Emergency?

There are several different things that should always be considered a dental emergency. It is important to note that this list is not comprehensive so if you feel that you are experiencing an emergency and your problem is not on this list, do not hesitate and call us! We always welcome communication. It is also important to note that if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, contact emergency services by calling 911 immediately.

Excessive or prolonged bleeding. People experiencing these problems should contact the dentist as soon as possible.

Swelling. Swelling in the mouth can be dangerous. If neglected it can spread to dangerous areas that could potentially cut off the airway.

Pus. Any time pus is visible in the mouth a dental visit should ensue immediately. This is a sign of an infection that the body is incapable of correcting.

Trauma. Traumatic injuries can be repaired but time is a factor.

Any infection that has a fever associated should be handled immediately.

Why is it Important to Visit the Dentist Immediately in these Situations?

Not only can some of these situations be life threatening, but many of these situations can be corrected if handled in a prompt manner. Teeth that have been removed traumatically often can be replanted. Infections can be disastrous if not treated in short order.

Below is a great video from the American Dental Association regarding emergency dentistry!

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