When you have a dental emergency like a toothache, lost crown or filling, or a tooth that has been chipped or broken, seeing your dentist becomes the most important item on your agenda. But what happens if your dentist doesn’t have an immediate opening in their agenda? That’s when you need an emergency dentist.
What is an emergency dentist?
Typically an emergency dentist doesn’t only handle urgent cases. Any general dentist or dental specialist that performs diagnosis, treatment, or provides relief for a time-sensitive dental issues could be considered an emergency dentist. The difference is that an emergency dentist will have the availability to see you right away, while your general dentist may be too busy for you.
What types of situations are considered dental emergencies?
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, it is recommended that you contact an emergency dentist:
What can I expect during an emergency dental appointment?
The primary goal of your visit to an emergency dentist will be to relieve the discomfort you’re feeling. The dentist will observe the condition of your mouth, diagnose the problem and advise you of your options for resolving it. This may involve:
Your emergency appointment will be thorough enough to relieve you of your discomfort, and at times simple treatment can be provided, but final treatment shouldn’t be expected and a follow-up appointment may be required.
What should I do if...
A tooth has been knocked out:
A tooth has been broken / chipped:
I have a toothache:
I have a dark tooth after being bumped / knocked:
If you are ever feeling pain or discomfort that’s affecting your teeth, gums, mouth, jaw, face or neck and it may be attributed to a dental issue, it’s always advised that you have an emergency dentist check and diagnose your condition. These issues may get worse if not treated.
Dr. Andrew Wasik has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry for over 25 years and provides dentistry with a personal and caring approach that his clients appreciate.
His passion for excellence, lifelong commitment to continuing education, and use of technology has earned him lasting relationships with his clients. Being a “dentophobic” patient himself, his goal is to provide a comfortable and stress-free environment for his patients. For more info please visit his website here.