So often we second guess ourselves when trying to decide whether to seek medical help. It can be even more confusing to know when it’s an emergency for a dentist. We don’t want to incur the expense of an emergency visit if it is something that can wait, but we don’t want to risk further damage or pain if it is truly an emergency.
First you need to assess the situation. Was there an injury? Did it cause all or part of a tooth to be knocked out? Are you in a lot of pain? If there was an injury, a fall, a contact sport impact, or even biting on a piece of popcorn, it can cause a crack in the tooth that could get worse with chewing or grinding. If there is any movement or pain, that would be a good reason to call an emergency dentist in Providence RI , or wherever you may be!
If part of the tooth chipped off, and you are in no pain, you are probably good to wait until the morning, but if the entire tooth came out, then emergency dental service may be required. If at all possible, put the tooth back in, but be careful not to swallow it. If it can’t be placed back in the mouth, put it in a small container of milk to keep it preserved until you can get to the dentist. In most cases, the sooner the treatment, the more likely it will be that the dentist can save the tooth. Another thing to consider is if the root is exposed due to the injury. Waiting to seek treatment will only prolong pain and possibly require more treatment later.
Another reason you may need an Emergency Dentist in Providence RI, is for a non-injury related issue, such as an abscessed tooth or an infection. Left untreated, these can lead to more problems and definitely more pain. If you are experiencing bleeding, pain, or anything unusual, contact us and let us help you determine what course of treatment is best for your dental needs. Routine dental care can prevent many problems, but when you have an emergency, it is always better to not take chances with your health.