A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate treatment to address severe pain, swelling, or bleeding. Dental emergencies can lead to more serious conditions and even tooth loss if left untreated. The sooner our dentist can treat your injury or infection, the better your chance of avoiding permanent damage to your teeth and mouth.
In some cases, seeing our dentist within the first hour of experiencing the emergency can make the difference between saving the tooth and losing it for good. Some patients may also benefit from an over-the-counter pain reliever before visiting our dentist at Smile Center Silicon Valley for an emergency appointment.
Examples of Dental Emergencies
Severe Tooth Pain
When your tooth hurts severely, this is a sign that something is wrong, and you should see a dentist immediately. There are instances where a tooth may be sensitive after a filling is placed, but this is usually temporary and will subside in a few days. If your tooth continues hurting for over a few days, contact our dentist.
Traumatic injuries to the teeth and gums require immediate care from a dentist to prevent infection and further damage. For example, teeth that have been knocked out in an accident may be re-implanted in the jaw by our dentist if you reach our office within one hour.
Sometimes, the tissues in the mouth swell due to an infection or other type of oral issue. If this occurs, it can cause significant pain and should be evaluated by a dentist.
Bleeding that doesn’t stop within a reasonable amount of time can indicate a severe condition that requires immediate care. If your gums are bleeding after flossing, it’s recommended that you moisten a piece of gauze and apply pressure to the area for about 30 seconds before contacting the dentist.
The Benefits of Visiting an Emergency Dentist
Our emergency dentist can relieve severe dental pain, discomfort, or swelling. They are equipped to address the underlying cause of the emergency, alleviating the symptoms and helping you feel better as quickly as possible.
Dental emergencies require prompt intervention to prevent further damage or complications. Visiting an emergency dentist ensures timely treatment tailored to your specific dental issue. This can help prevent the problem from worsening and may lead to more favorable treatment outcomes.
Expert Evaluation and Diagnosis
Emergency dentists are experienced in diagnosing and evaluating dental emergencies. They have the knowledge and skills to identify the underlying cause of the problem and determine the most appropriate treatment plan. Their expertise allows for accurate diagnoses, leading to effective treatment and better oral health.
Emergency dentists address immediate dental issues and provide guidance and recommendations for preventative measures to avoid future emergencies. They can educate you on oral hygiene practices, lifestyle habits, and preventive dental care to reduce the risk of future dental emergencies.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, visit Smile Center Silicon Valley at 877 W. FREMONT AVE, SUITE L3, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, or call (408) 245-7500.