What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is immediate dental care to repair your teeth or alleviate severe oral pain. Getting treatment right away for a dental emergency could mean the difference between keeping your original teeth and losing them entirely. By seeking emergency dental care, you can save yourself from pain, costs, and time-consuming dental work.
Your dental emergency might be the result of a sudden traumatic injury or an oral disease. In any case, Dr. Hernandez is prepared to treat dental emergencies quickly at Luz Hernandez, DDS. They offer same-day appointment slots reserved for patients who are in a great deal of pain and need care right away.
When should I seek emergency dental care?
Emergency dentistry is dedicated to treating severe and unforeseen dental complications and injuries. You should call Dr. Hernandez for an emergency appointment if you have any of these common dental emergencies:
- Broken teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Severe toothache
- Tooth abscess
- A knocked-out tooth
- A broken jaw
- Something stuck between your teeth
Such injuries can happen during car accidents, falls, or contact sports. While you can’t normally predict a dental emergency, you can prevent yourself from losing or breaking your teeth during sports by wearing a mouthguard when you play.
What should I do in the event of a dental emergency?
If an emergency happens, you should call Dr. Hernandez right away for instructions on how to provide immediate care until you can get to the office. Since emergencies aren’t predictable, they can happen outside of normal business hours. If the office is closed when your emergency happens, simply call the emergency number for care from the on-call staff.
If you can’t reach Dr. Hernandez for help with your emergency, you should call 911 for general emergency care. This is also the case if your emergency involves other severe injuries.
In the event that you knock out a tooth, you should keep the tooth safe until you can get to Dr. Hernandez for help. You can keep the tooth in its socket by biting down gently on a wet tea bag or towel. If it falls out of your mouth completely, be sure to wash it off and keep it clean.
For more information about dental emergencies and what to do if they happen, call Luz Hernandez, DDS or contact us to request an appointment online today.