Do You Have Questions About Dental Emergencies? Get the Answers You Need
For many people, the thought of facing a dental emergency is terrifying. They often think of the pain that will come along with that emergency and find it difficult to deal with. When there is a serious issue, it may be easy to see that you need to call your dentist for emergency dental repair but in other situations you may not be sure. Keep reading to get answers to your most common questions about dental emergencies or contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to ask your California dentist directly.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
It can feel that any type of dental pain you are feeling is an emergency but there is a difference between a bad toothache and an emergency. First, ask yourself how the pain is affecting your ability to go about your day. Are you able to talk, sleep, and eat with the pain? Does the pain get better if you take an over the counter painkiller? If the answer is yes to those questions, then you should call your dentist as soon as they open to make an appointment but it is not a dental emergency.
On the other hand, if you are unable to sleep, eat, or talk, or if the pain does not respond to over the counter painkillers, then you likely need immediate attention. Additionally, any type of injury is a dental emergency. This includes cracks or chips in the tooth, as well as teeth being knocked out. Even if a chip or crack seems minor, if it comes from an injury then there could be serious damage to the root of your tooth – and this requires immediate attention.
What Steps Should I Take if I Have a Dental Emergency?
Contact your dentist as soon as possible. Dentists are very aware that emergencies can and do happen outside of their regular hours. Most dentists will either have an answering service that will get ahold of them on off-hours, will provide an emergency number on their website, or will refer you to a 24-hour emergency clinic they can recommend.
How Do I Find a Dentist Who Can Help with a Dental Emergency?
One of the many reasons it pays to regularly see a dentist is that you will have a dentist you can call to find out how to get care during an emergency. If you do not already have a dentist then you can contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to find out about our emergency dental options. We offer a number of offices in the area and hire experienced dental staff who are ready to help you.