During dental emergencies, your first instinct may be to panic, but for patients at Southland Smiles, we have a better solution. We are happy to provide urgent dental care services for our patients, and in most cases, we can see you on the same day you call experiencing an emergency. If you ever experience facial trauma, toothache, or any oral health concern you believe may require urgent care, please don’t hesitate to call our team. We’ll answer any questions you may have, help you assess your condition, offer first aid and pain management tips, and schedule an appointment for you to visit our office. If you’re not sure the situation requires urgent dental care, we still encourage you to call us. Any dental damage will need treatment, and the sooner we get started the more likely we’ll be able to help you repair your smile through conservative treatment options.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
If you or a loved one are in pain, have visually damaged teeth or oral structures, or think your dental condition may be getting more severe, we consider this an emergency. Truly, you’re the person who decides you’ve experienced a dental emergency. In dealing with a dental emergency, we first help put your mind at ease, then partner with you to relieve any discomfort you’re experiencing, and lastly create a personalized treatment plan to repair any damage. Some of the most common emergencies we see include:
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth or dental restorations as a result of sports injuries, car accidents, or other facial trauma.
- Luxated (dislodged) teeth occurs when an injury forces the tooth to shift within its socket without falling out. This can damage both the tooth, surrounding teeth, and the gum and jawbone tissues.
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth or dental restorations happen frequently. In some cases, we can restore the existing tooth to the socket, so always retrieve avulsed teeth or large restorations like crowns and bridges. If at all possible, replace your tooth or dental restoration where it belongs. This protects your smile, and increases the chances we’ll be able to repair the existing structure.
- Severe toothache or dental sensitivity that increases or lingers may be an indicator of numerous oral health issues. It’s important you let our team know right away if you’re experiencing these issues, so we can provide the most conservative treatment. In many cases, a combined toothache and increased sensitivity is indicative of a need for root canal therapy.
- Kids commonly experience traumatic injury that affects their smiles. Many parents think they don’t need to bring their kids to our office if only primary (baby) teeth are damaged, but it can be just as important to repair these teeth as it is to restore adult teeth.