If you damage your smile through an accident or other trauma, or if you develop a sudden toothache or other oral pain, your first impulse may be to panic. While that reaction is normal, what you should do is call 302-235-7645 for emergency dentistry in Hockessin, Delaware. Dr. Kaz will be happy to see you for an appointment and even offers same-day treatment. Make your call to our emergency dentist your first step.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency refers to any situation involving the teeth, gums or oral tissues that requires immediate attention from a dental professional to alleviate pain, prevent further damage or save a tooth. These emergencies can arise suddenly due to trauma, infection or existing dental conditions worsening rapidly. Prompt treatment is crucial in preventing complications and preserving oral health.
Common types of Dental
Common dental emergencies include:
- Tooth Fractures or Knockouts: Accidents or sports injuries can lead to fractured or knocked-out teeth. This is considered a dental emergency because prompt treatment increases the chances of saving the tooth. In the case of a knocked-out tooth, it is vital to handle it carefully by the crown (top part) and avoid touching the root. Placing it back in its socket if possible, or storing it in milk or saliva, can help preserve it until reaching the dentist.
- Severe Toothaches: Intense or persistent tooth pain often indicates an underlying issue such as infection, abscess or tooth decay. These conditions require immediate attention to alleviate pain and prevent complications like spreading infection or tooth loss. Root canal therapy or extraction may be necessary depending on the severity of the condition.
- Abscesses or Swelling: Dental abscesses are pus-filled infections usually caused by untreated cavities, gum disease or trauma. They can lead to severe swelling, fever and even life-threatening complications if left untreated. Drainage of the abscess and antibiotics are typically required to resolve the infection and prevent its spread.
- Lost Dental Restorations: Losing a filling, crown or dental bridge can expose the underlying tooth structure, causing discomfort and increasing the risk of further damage or decay. Immediate care is necessary to replace the lost restoration and protect the affected tooth.
- Soft Tissue Injuries: Injuries to the lips, cheeks, gums or tongue can result from accidents or trauma. Profuse bleeding, lacerations or puncture wounds in the oral tissues require prompt evaluation and treatment to control bleeding, prevent infection and promote healing.
Your Health & Safety
Your health and safety are our highest priorities. If you have experienced head or neck trauma, or if your injury may be life-threatening, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room, even if your smile is also damaged.
Schedule An Emergency Appointment
Many dental emergencies are time-sensitive, and the sooner you can get to our office to receive treatment the greater your chances of fully resolving the issue without more extensive treatment are. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us as soon as possible. Our team will make arrangements for you to meet with our dentist and receive the care you need, and will provide you with instructions on what to do until you arrive at our office.