Sometimes patients aren’t clear on whether or not the dental situation they’re experiencing constitutes an emergency. For example, if you wake up in the morning with a toothache, should you call the dentist? Should you alert your dental office immediately if you experience a dental injury?
The answer to both of these questions is yes. If you suspect a dental emergency, even if the situation doesn’t seem dire, you should reach out to your dental team for assistance.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies range in severity, and it’s essential to contact your dentist no matter how mild the situation or the pain is to enjoy the best possible outcome. However, for your convenience, we’ve listed several of the most common dental emergencies we see in our Van Nuyen dental office below.
Common dental emergencies include:
- Sudden, severe, or persistent toothache
- Gum pain or bleeding
- Knocked-out tooth
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Tooth infection or abscess
- Lost filling or crown
Some of the above emergencies are highly time-sensitive, and treatment shouldn’t be delayed. If you have a tooth knocked out, for example, we’ll need to see you right away to attempt reimplantation in order to save the tooth.
When you call Saticoy Plaza Dentistry, we will advise you on your specific situation, giving you instructions on how to handle your emergency until you reach our office, including recommendations on reducing any pain you’re experiencing.
Even in cases that we don’t consider an emergency, like a mild toothache, we’ll schedule an appointment with the dentist to help you avoid a worse situation. Early intervention in dental problems helps prevent dental emergencies down the line.
Emergency Dentistry in Van Nuys
Dr. Bacquet offers excellent emergency dental treatment to patients. We’re a gentle and caring dental team that never wants our patients to experience pain or endanger their natural teeth, so when you call us, we will strive to see you as soon as possible. We often see patients for same-day emergencies and even have Saturday hours to ensure more availability.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we urge you to immediately contact Saticoy Plaza Dentistry or another dental professional. We can help you stabilize the tooth, if necessary, and may even save your tooth in some situations. Prompt treatment ensures that you stay healthy overall and maintain the best oral health.