Emergency Care Info
What Qualifies as an Emergency?
You will want to get to the dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Severe pain
- Major swelling that won’t go down
- Broken or loose teeth
- Have lost a tooth
- Have recently experienced trauma to the face
Why is it Important to Receive Emergency Dental Care?
When any dental issue is ignored, it can lead to severe consequences, and even more so in an emergency situation. In some cases, if the issue is left untreated, it can result in permanent damage and the loss of teeth.
What Should you Do in a Dental Emergency?
Most dental emergencies require you to contact your dentist’s emergency line and get to the dentist’s offices as soon as possible. This is the case when you are dealing with toothache, abscesses and intense bleeding.
in the meantime, over the counter medications can be taken to ease the pain and cold presses can be used to try and reduce swelling. A sterile gauze can be placed at the site of excessive bleeding to create a blood clot to prevent further bleeding. Patients who are bleeding from the mouth must resist the urge to spit the blood out of their mouth as this action will only cause the site to continue bleeding.
One of the most common emergency situations is having a tooth knocked out. It is important to try and find the tooth that has been knocked out and take it with you to the dentist. Rinse off any dirt from the tooth with water and keep it in a container of saliva or milk so that it stays moist. If the tooth dries out, it will die, and the dentist will not be able to reattach the tooth to the patient.
However, the above tips are only to make the patient more comfortable or more prepared for the dentist. In each situation it is still of the utmost importance that the patient sees the dentist that day.
What are the Options for Patients in Dental Emergencies?
Patients can rest assured that there will be a solution for their particular case or injury. The dentists at Monumental Dental are trained professionals that have experience dealing with emergency cases. We will be able to evaluate the extent of the damage and determine a solution that will suit your needs and budget. Some of the options that may solve your dental issue include crowns, dental implants, bridges, dentures and fillings.
It is a good idea to make sure your dental insurance does cover emergency situations. However, we do offer affordable dental options and can offer payment plans to help you enjoy the benefits of advanced procedures.
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