Some dental issues can wait until your next regular appointment, and some may require a soon-as-possible appointment to address. But there is another category of serious dental concerns that are classified as emergencies and require immediate attention. At University Dental, we can help with a wide range of emergency dental services.
Most dental emergencies are the result of an injury, but not all. Emergencies can also include infections and failed restorations that cause severe pain. Examples of dental emergencies include:
While some dental issues are serious enough to warrant same-day treatment, others might be able to wait for an appointment in a few days or a week. Urgent dental concerns that are not quite emergencies include:
Even if you are able to see a dentist the same day for a dental emergency, you can reduce pain and prevent additional damage with first aid at home. A cold compress should help bring down swelling, and over-the-counter pain relievers along with topical clove oil can help alleviate pain. If your emergency involves bleeding, you should apply gentle pressure to the wound using sterile gauze. For broken restorations such as crowns and bridges, you can temporarily hold them in place with denture adhesive or sugar-free gum. For knocked-out teeth, rinse your mouth and tooth gently, taking care not to damage any tissue still attached to the root. You can either place your tooth back in the socket or store it in a container of milk and bring it to the dentist.