We are here for you for an emergency appointment or a non-emergency dentist appointment.
Dental emergencies vs. non-emergencies
It is important to understand the difference between the two. An emergency dentist appointment is time sensitive. Delaying treatment could mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Many people end up in the emergency room for situations that would have been much better treated by your dentist. Sometimes, the ER can not even help. In most cases, calling a dentist is a much better option.
Dentists are better equipped and trained to care for dental issues versus an emergency room.
When you think you are experiencing a dental emergency – ask yourself:
- Are you in severe pain?
- Are you bleeding from your mouth?
- Do you have loose adult teeth from an accident?
- Did you lose a tooth?
- Do you have swelling or an abscess that could mean an infection?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, seek a dentist for an emergency appointment immediately. Any treatment situation that requires immediate care to stop bleeding or to alleviate severe pain can save a tooth.
A non-emergency can wait a day or two, until you can get into a dentist office, such as:
- A toothache that is mild
- A crack or chip on a tooth, but is not causing severe pain (It may be a little discomfort)
- A crown or bridge that came out – but not causing severe pain. (Now, you still need to be careful so you don’t break the tooth even more)
- Bleeding gums (From flossing or brushing)
If you are not sure what the situation is, it is better to be safe – call the dentist. They will be able to advise you in your next course of action.
Hughes & Hughes Family Dentistry is here for you. Call 610-942-3321.