Emergency dentistry provides rapid care for time-sensitive tooth damage or injury. While many dental practices don’t offer same-day appointments, Alla Hart, DDS, PC prioritizes your dental health and comfort in the event of a dental emergency. If you suspect you have a dental concern that requires immediate attention, contact your dentist right away.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your dentist at Alla Hart, DDS, PC to schedule an emergency visit:
Another serious dental emergency is an abscess. An abscess is a fluid-filled sac that can develop at the tooth root, causing severe pain. If an abscess ruptures, it may spread potentially harmful bacteria-filled pus throughout your mouth. Bacteria can even enter your bloodstream. One telltale sign of a dental abscess is a small bump near the affected tooth.
When you have a dental emergency, call Alla Hart, DDS, PC for the appropriate instructions. The team can help you protect your dental health while you wait for your emergency appointment. Tips they may offer include:
Try to locate the tooth and gently rinse it to remove any bacteria. If possible, replace the tooth back in its socket with the root side facing toward your gums. Carefully bite down to hold the tooth in place. If you can’t replace the tooth, store it in a glass of milk or saliva for your appointment.
Depending on the depth of the fracture, you may be able to locate the tooth fragments. If you can, rinse the fragments and bring them to your appointment. In the meantime, apply an ice pack to the affected area to reduce swelling.
Severe tooth pain is a common sign of infection or extreme tooth decay. It’s important to avoid taking an anti-inflammatory medication until your dentist determines the cause of the pain. To minimize discomfort, apply an ice pack to the area.
To learn more about emergency dentistry, call Alla Hart, DDS, PC or schedule an appointment online today.