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Emergency Dentistry and Tooth Extractions
Whether you accidentally got hit in the face during a basketball game, or you recently began to experience a sudden tooth pain, you may need emergency services. Luckily there are dentists that specialize in a field that revolves around these types of dental care services—emergency dentists.
What Is Emergency Dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is the field of dentistry that includes any services that need to be taken care of immediately and cannot wait for a regularly scheduled appointment.
The Need for an Emergency Dentist
Emergency services may be required for a variety of reasons. Often times, emergency services help to save the tooth of a patient—especially if the damage is easily repaired. In other situations the tooth cannot be saved, and the tooth will need to be extracted. This may be due to excessive decay or severe accidental damage. Finally, emergency dentistry can help to alleviate extreme pain and pressure.
It can be difficult to decide whether or not the issue that you are facing is in fact an “emergency,” or if it is not. If you have any questions about whether or not something is a dental “emergency,” feel free to contact an emergency dentist and explain the situation. They will let you know whether or not you need immediate care, or if the issue can wait for a regularly scheduled appointment.
There are a variety of situations which may require more immediate attention. This immediate action may be the difference between saving or losing a tooth, or your tooth becoming infected or not.
If you have a tooth that has been severely cracked or damaged, you’ll likely want to speak with an emergency dentist to repair the damage in order to save the tooth. The same goes for a tooth that is extremely loose, and feels like it will soon fall out. If a tooth is feeling a little loose, or there is a minor chip or crack in your tooth, you may not need emergency services. Excessive pain may also be a reason to see an emergency dentist. If you have a tooth that is severely compromised and is causing severe pain, it may need to be extracted. This pain may be due to an accident, or severe decay. Speak with an emergency dentist about the level of pain that you are in, and whether an emergency service is needed.
Finding the Right Dentist
While your general dentist is likely able to handle a variety of issues that would fall under the “emergency dentistry” umbrella, they may not have the availability to take an emergency appointment. Because of this, you’ll likely need to find an emergency dentist. Consider asking your general dentist about emergency services, and whether or not they know a good emergency dentist. If they do not, consider searching online.
Speak with an emergency dentist if you are suffering excessive pain, or you have severe damage to a tooth or teeth.
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