You have a Dental Emergency, Should you go the Hospital or Dentist?
Dental emergencies can occur at any time, and like other medical emergencies, they require different types and levels of care. Where you go for treatment when you have a dental emergency will ultimately depend on the type of emergency or trauma you have and whether it involves your face and/or mouth. You should seek immediately medical attention at a hospital if your emergency involves a jaw fracture; jaw dislocation; serious lacerations of the face or mouth, or an abscess or infection that is swollen and impacting breathing or swallowing. See your dentist for other dental emergencies that are not considered life-threatening but still require immediate care.
The American Dental Association recommends that you become familiar with these dental emergency procedures just in case you ever have a dental emergency. Here is a quick summary of what to do for some common dental emergencies:
Although a lost filling or crown is rarely an emergency, however, it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. If you have the crown, you may be able to slip it back over the tooth. Before you do that, clean the inside of the crown. Then coat the inside of the crown with tooth “cement” which you can buy in the dental section of your pharmacy. If you can’t find tooth cement, you can use denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use household glues or super glue, as they are not safe to put in your mouth, and can cause damage to the tooth and crown. Make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible and bring the crown with you.
Getting injured teeth repaired and treated as soon as possible after an injury is the best thing to do. In addition, any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored, as it could increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on.
If you’re not sure if a dental problem is an emergency, dentists offer this advice: If it hurts, it’s an emergency. Quick treatment improves the odds of saving injured or damaged teeth. No matter how big or small the emergency, contact your dentist or orthodontist immediately to determine what type of treatment is required.
Call your dentist or orthodontist today to schedule a consultation for your specific dental needs.