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When to Visit Your Emergency Dentisty for Help?
If you get into an accident that causes oral trauma, the first place you may be tempted to stop by is the emergency room since they are open 24/7. The only problem is that the ER may not provide a permanent solution to your dental issue. Instead, they may just give you an analgesic and tell you to contact your dentist as soon as possible. In short, you may have to foot the bill for both the ER and dentist, when you could just pay for one.
Thankfully, at the Dental Oasis of Orange County, Brian Toorani, DDS and his team are able to provide emergency dental care should you need it. Dr. Toorani–a graduate from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry–not only is willing to see existing patients for emergencies but new ones as well.
While it’s good to know that you can just visit your dentist instead of the ER, you may be wondering what constitutes an emergency?
Common Dental Emergencies That You Could Face
You may be hesitant to call your dentist in the middle of the night for fear that your problem really isn’t an issue. However, waiting around may be just as detrimental since some trauma needs to be addressed as quickly as possible to increase the likelihood of a full restoration.
Some of the most common dental emergencies include:
- Severe pain/swelling in gums or lips that can’t be resolved with analgesics.
- Moderate or severe fractures to your enamel or pulp (the live tissues of the tooth).
- Tooth avulsion.
- Injured or dislocated jaw.
- Cuts in the gums, lips, or cheeks after a fracture for instance.
- If the oral cavity has been lacerated or won’t stop bleeding, you may need to stop by the ER as well.
If your issue is a borderline emergency, it’s best to just call and ask your dentist what to do. For instance, if you’ve lost a bridge, crown, or filling, some dentists may have you come in while others may have you wait until the next day if there is no pain or additional trauma.
Dental Issues That Can Wait
- A mild toothache.
- A small crack or chip in the enamel that isn’t causing pain or that hasn’t damaged underlying structures.
- A broken night guard or a damaged retainer.
- An orthodontic appliance breakage that can be covered temporarily with wax.
What Should I Do If I Lose a Tooth or Have Oral Trauma?
Call Our Emergency Dentist First Before Coming In
For serious pain and injuries inside of your mouth (such as lacerations and puncture wounds), be sure to rinse your mouth with warm water right away and go to the ER ASAP. Be sure to place gauze and pressure on a wound that won’t stop bleeding. You may need to see a dentist as well after you are stitched up at the ER, especially if there was trauma to your teeth or jaw.
While Doctor Toorani can see walk-in patients, it’s best if you try to call before coming in. That way, the staff can make the necessary preparations before you arrive. A phone call may save you a trip if the dentist says the issue can wait or that you need to head to the ER first.
If you are in so much pain that you have been taking lots of painkillers, make sure you tell your dentist what you’ve been taking so you don’t accidentally have side effects or overdose.
Our Guarantee to You
We know it can be difficult visiting the dentist for something like a missing tooth. At times patients aren’t thrilled with discussing imperfections with their smile, because it makes them feel self-conscious. But let us reassure you, we aren’t here to judge, only to correct the problem. We guarantee that no matter which option you select, or we find is the best fit for you, that you will be happy no longer having a gap in your smile.
Contact Dental Oasis in Huntington Beach, CA Today If You Have a Dental Emergency!
So if you have any questions about what emergency dental care services are available, or if you?d like to schedule an appointment, call (714) 894-7700 or visit the Dental Oasis of Orange County.
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