When it comes to your oral health, a dental emergency can happen at almost any time. It’s imperative that you have a local emergency dentist saved in your phone so that in the event you need one, you can see them immediately. Furthermore, if you don’t have an emergency dentist, you may find yourself heading to the emergency room instead, which is much more costly than a dental visit. In most cases, the emergency room will make sure your vitals are normal, stop any bleeding, and refer you to a local dentist anyway.
Why A Local Emergency Dentist Is Important.
A lost tooth, blunt force trauma to the mouth, or bleeding gums can be considered an oral emergency. The decision then becomes: do you go to your emergency dentist or do you go to the hospital’s emergency room? Here are some ways you can determine which location to visit first:
When to Go to The Hospital
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency or oral trauma that involves the mouth, face, or bone structure on the front of the head, it’s best to head to the hospital first. Conditions or injuries such as jaw dislocations, jaw fractures, serious lacerations or cuts, or a burst abscess all require emergency attention from a hospital first. In most cases, oral injuries will be referred out to a dental specialist to complete or continue treatment. Finally, if the event causes a life-threatening condition, you need to either dial the proper emergency personnel or head directly to the emergency room in the hospital.
When to Go to The Dentist
It can be confusing in a time of stress which medical professional to see first. However, there are oral injuries or traumas that can be remedied by your local emergency dentist. Here are a few to keep in mind:
- Broken, cracked, or chipped tooth
- Lost or severed tooth
- Decayed, infected, or abscessed tooth (before it ruptures)
What If Your Dentist Is Not Available?
In some cases, your emergency dentist may not be available to treat or address your oral emergency. You need to have a backup plan in place to handle this occurrence. Your local emergency dentist should be able to see you after hours if they offer emergency oral care. However, if your dentist is not available, it’s best to go directly to your local health care facility to get treatment.
At Salvatore Dental, we strongly encourage you to schedule a checkup appointment with our dental office before you are in need of emergency treatment if you plan on using us as your local emergency dentist. Once we have your oral and correlating medical records on file, we will be able to better serve your oral health and emergency needs as they arise.
Already have an emergency dentist but want a backup? Give Salvatore Dental a call today and schedule your appointment. We’re always ready to help you with your dental needs.