Dental Emergency Definition
According to the American Dental Association, dental emergencies are potentially life-threatening situations that require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding and/or alleviate severe pain or infection.
The above definition for dental emergency covers the most extreme cases. There are also less severe cases such as broken teeth or general toothache. Below we have listed some of the most frequent dental emergencies.
Common Dental Emergencies
Tooth pain can be attributed to many different causes some of which can be serious. Therefore, if one of your teeth is hurting, contact us to book an emergency appointment as soon as possible.
In the meantime, rinse the mouth with warm water. Use a cold compress to lessen your pain. Do not use a hot compress as it will make things worse. Do not put aspirin on your tooth.
In most cases, teeth with small chips can be saved. As long as you visit the dentist soon after you have a broken or damaged tooth, he or she can assess the situation and provide the required dental treatment to save or restore your tooth to its previous shape and form. Try not to use that tooth for chewing until your dentist has seen it and treated it.
If your tooth is badly cracked or broken, it might require additional treatment to save or restore it. If the breakage is below your gum, the chance of saving that tooth is reduced. Depending on the severity of your broken tooth, you might require a root canal. The best course of action is to book an appointment at an emergency dental clinic and minimize the use of your teeth until a dentist sees you.
Every year there are many cases of teeth being knocked out due to force of trauma or accident. If your tooth is knocked out, it does not mean that it is lost. There is hope, but you have to act quickly.
First, make sure to pick up the tooth by the crown and not the root. If dirty, clean it using saline. Next, place the tooth back in its socket if it is possible. Hold it in place by biting down.
If you cannot put the tooth back in its socket, then make sure to place it in milk and see an emergency dentist within 30 minutes of the injury.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Generally, biting into your lip or tongue causes a small bruise that will heal itself in a day or two. However, in some instances, it might be more severe and result in a deep cut. Suppose the bitten lip or tongue is causing you significant discomfort, and the bleeding is not stopping. In that case, you should visit the ER (Emergency Room at a local hospital) or contact your emergency dentist for an immediate appointment.
You can treat the bitten lip by rinsing the area with warm water and applying a cold compress. To stop the bleeding put pressure on the bitten area using a clean cloth or gauze.
Dental fillings can last from 5 to 15 years, depending on their material and how well they are placed. Therefore, it is common for a filling to come out of its place. If your dental filling has been lost or came off, visit your dentist as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired.
You can place a sugarless gum in the place where the filling used to be until your dentist sees you.
Emergency Dental Exam Cost & Procedure
Dentistry on King’s dental emergency service includes the following:
- Limited Dental Exam
- Take X-ray(s)
- Consultation with Dr. Alavi
- Prescription for medication to help with the problem
Dr. Alavi will try to perform same-day treatment if it is possible. However, we cannot guarantee same-day treatment as the complexity of patients’ dental issues vary case by case.
The price for the Emergency Dental Exam is between $150 to $200 depending on how many x-rays are needed. The mentioned cost includes the Exam, X-rays, and consultation. After the exam Dr. Alavi will offer you a treatment plan, if it is required, to address the root cause of your problem (treatment cost is extra).
Dental Emergency Guide
Determine whether your dental problem is life-threatening or not. If it is then call 911 to visit the nearest hospital. In all other cases you can visit a local dentist accepting emergency patients like Dentistry on King.
Contact an emergency dentist to book an appointment as soon as possible and get advice on what you need to do before getting to the dental office.
Take precautionary measures to alleviate pain and minimize damage to your teeth and mouth. For more details please check our FAQ section below.
Visit the urgent dental clinic you have booked your appointment with to address your urgent dental issue.
Go home and follow your dentist’s advice on how to take care of your teeth, gum, and mouth so it can be healed and return to normal state.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please find our answers to the most common question about dental emergency and other related concerns. If you have other questions please contact our team at Dentistry on King. We are here to help you get back to normal so do not hesitate to contact us.
What is considered a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any oral health issue that is causing you sudden discomfort and pain. Examples of emergency dental problems include unstoppable bleeding, acute pain, infection, swelling in your mouth or on your face, trauma involving your mouth and jaw.