As much as we don’t want them, dental emergencies do happen. In fact, anyone can experience a dental emergency, and they typically occur without warning. Whether it was a bad fall on the school playground or a hard bite during a corporate lunch, your teeth and jaw can suffer unexpected damage that demands urgent treatment.
It is not uncommon for patients to question whether their dental concern is a true dental emergency. In other words, does your oral issue need same-day treatment or can it wait until your next dental visit? When unsure, always call your dental provider for further direction. There are certain dental problem or types of damage that can worsen over time and lead to more costly and invasive treatment when ignored.
Here are some of the most common reasons to call an emergency dentist:
- Knocked Out Tooth
- Cracked Tooth
- Temporary Dental Crown Comes Off
- Painful or Infected Tooth
- Broken Jaw or Jaw Pain
Preventing a Dental Emergency
Emergencies aren’t always preventable. Even the healthiest mouth can suffer unpredicted damage. However, there are some things you can do to make those unexpected dental problems less likely to occur. Here are a few ways to safeguard your teeth and avoid an emergency dental visit:
- Stay away from tough or extra hard foods (popcorn, nuts, candy and caramel)
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports
- Stop harmful oral habits (teeth grinding, chewing ice, biting pencils/nails)
- Brush and floss regularly
- See your dentist for routine checkups
How to Choose an Emergency Dentist
While many dentists offer emergency treatments, not all dentists are qualified to treat all types of dental emergencies. It is important to keep in mind that dental emergencies demand the expertise of a general, restorative and cosmetic dentist. In other words, you need a dentist who can not only get you out of pain, but also restore the functional integrity of your damaged teeth as well as their appearance.
At the office of Dr. Tejal Kekade, we work hard to educate patients on ways to prevent dental emergencies. However, we know that certain dental issues can be unavoidable. In such cases, you can rely on our team for prompt service and exceptional treatment. Dr. Kekade carries elite expertise in multiple facets of dentistry, which allows us to treat all types of dental emergencies for your entire family.
Have an urgent dental concern? Call our Carrollton office today.