There are many reasons to see an emergency dentist, including broken or lost teeth, a severe lingering toothache, or oral trauma. At Horizon Dental, our dental professionals have trained and practiced many treatments for years to repair your smile in the event of a dental emergency.
If you are currently suffering any form of a dental emergency, please give our office a call immediately for help.
What Qualifies as Emergency Dentistry?
We never want our patients to delay receiving treatment for an emergency just because they aren’t aware they are experiencing a dental emergency. Waiting to receive help puts your teeth at risk for permanent damage. In our office, we have seen many different types of emergencies, including:
Cracked Tooth: You may not know that you are suffering from a cracked tooth because pain can come and go. Leaving a crack untreated can cause a tooth to become infected and risks being extracted. We offer restorative treatments to repair the damage and restore your tooth to its original form.
Toothache: Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and consistent severe pain are symptoms of a toothache. A toothache could mean that decay has infected the tooth and needs removal. Only a dental professional can diagnose a cavity and perform the necessary treatment. Restorative procedures such as fillings and root canals are often used in repairing a tooth post decay.
Knocked-Out Tooth: A tooth can be knocked out of its socket due to direct trauma to the face or teeth. A knocked-out tooth qualifies as a severe dental emergency that would need to be treated by our team immediately. In some cases, we can reimplant your tooth into its socket after being forcefully removed. We also offer realistic tooth replacement procedures.
Gum Disease: Gum disease is the infection of the gum tissue due to plaque build-up at the gumline. We can diagnose gum disease through the health of your gum tissues. It is common for people who have this disease to suffer from constant swelling and bleeding of the gums. Periodontal disease can create permanent dental and bodily health issues if not treated.
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, it is impossible to prevent dental emergencies from occurring entirely, but there are preventative measures you can take to limit the risks. At Horizon Dental, we encourage our patients to take advantage of our preventative treatments such as:
- Dental cleanings, exams, fluoride treatments, and sealants all help prevent decay from damaging a tooth. They are also helpful in preventing periodontal disease and stopping it from spreading to irreversible stages.
- Customized mouth guards give patients a chance to protect their teeth while participating in physical sports, especially ones containing the use of a ball. If you or your child would like to obtain a customized mouth guard, don’t hesitate to contact our office.
- Eating a healthy and balanced diet will limit the risk of cavities caused by sugary foods and beverages.
We will assist you in preventing emergencies at each appointment you have with us. It is highly encouraged to stay on top of your routine cleanings to prevent cavities and keep your teeth healthy overall.
If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, please stay calm and contact us right away. If your tooth has been knocked out or broken, locate the tooth, keep it moist, and bring it to our office when you come for treatment. Our team is here to assist you and your family with anything regarding your smile.