When you’re dealing with a dental problem, your dentist should be your first call. But what if you encounter a problem on a holiday, weekend, or in the middle of the COVID-19 quarantine? If you’re dealing with a severe dental problem outside normal office hours, you will likely need an emergency dentist or even an emergency room visit.
It is important to know what kinds of injuries require emergency dental care, so you can make sure that your family's teeth are taken care of, while avoiding unnecessary trips to the emergency room. Accidents can happen at all times of the day or night. Some oral injuries may need immediate treatment, while others can wait until your dentist's normal business hours.
To help you determine if you can wait to be seen by your dentist or if you need to take a trip to the ER or an emergency dentist, ask yourself the following questions:
Are you in severe pain? Severe pain and bleeding are signs of an emergency.
Have you lost a tooth? Fast treatment can potentially save a tooth.
Do you have loose teeth? Adults should never lose teeth. A loose tooth, even without pain, is a serious problem.
Do you have an infection? An abscess or serious infection in your mouth can be potentially life-threatening, and treatment should not wait. You may notice swelling or knots on your gums or swelling around the face.
Are you bleeding from the mouth? This is a potential sign of an emergency.
In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening.
If you have any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing a dental emergency. Call one of our professional dentists at Avalon Dental Center, Boston Area MA immediately and describe what happened.
The American Dental Association gives you some simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:
Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities.
Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth.
Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.
The best way to prevent dental emergencies is to stay proactive in your oral hygiene and have routine check-ups with a professional dentist. During these visits, your dentist will check for loose fillings and crowns as well as signs of decay, infection, and gum disease.
Although a comprehensive dental hygiene routine can help keep these circumstances at bay, dental emergencies happen. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, time is of the essence to prevent the situation from getting worse. Our professional dentists at Avalon Dental Center, in Cambridge and Somerville MA can help you if you are experiencing a dental emergency, just contact one of our offices in Boston Area.