Apart from going to the dentist for regularly scheduled exams, x-rays and teeth cleanings, one of the main reasons people visit their local dentist and dental hygienist is because of pain or swelling in their teeth or gums. But how do you even know if the pain you’re experiencing, actually requires emergency dental care? That’s where we come in. At Comfort Care Dental we offer emergency dental care at all four of our dental locations. It is our mission to provide a relaxed atmosphere for you and your family-even when emergencies strike. We are able to provide this by offering the best dental care, customer service and sedation dentistry around. Along with providing excellent customer service and dental care, we love to keep all of our patients (new and old) informed about the best practices for keeping their teeth and gums healthy and happy.
Find out more below about what you need to know for when you need to see an emergency dentist, when a dental emergency turns into an emergency room visit, when a dental emergency isn’t urgent, and how to avoid dental emergencies.If you are experiencing any dental pain, injuries, or accidents and are not sure whether or not to see a dental emergency professional, don’t hesitate to call Comfort Care Dental, we are happy to answer any and all of your dental questions.
When You Need To See An Emergency Dentist
If you have ever dealt with an emergency dental scare, than you know how painful and scary it can be. At Comfort Care Dental, we make the process much less scary and painful for all of our patients by providing a “spa like atmosphere” and quality sedation dentistry. It’s important to call your dentist if you think you might need emergency dental care, no matter how scary it might seem. Some dental emergencies require immediate care, while others are not so urgent. Knowing the difference between the two “emergencies” can save you a lot of time and money. Following are dental emergencies that need to be dealt with as soon as possible and some that might need to be treated by an ER:
- A loose or knocked out permanent (adult) tooth – If your tooth becomes knocked out by accident or injury it is important to try and retrieve the tooth if possible. Once you have the knocked out tooth, place it in milk with a little bit of salt until you are able to see an emergency dentist. Knocked out teeth have a better chance of being saved if they are put back into the socket by your dental professional within the hour. The same goes for broken or chipped teeth.
- Painful toothache or swelling – Did you wake up in the middle of the night from a throbbing toothache? If you are unable to feel any relief from the pain even after taking over-the-counter pain medication, you need to see your dentist immediately.
- Injured Jaw – Depending on the severity of the injury, this may actually require a visit to the emergency room.
- Bleeding that will not stop – Just like an injured jaw, emergency room doctors may be better equipped to deal with this type of emergency. To control the bleeding you can rinse your mouth with a salt water solution, and apply gauze and pressure to the affected area. When the gauze becomes soaked, change it with fresh gauze as needed.
According to this article, a good rule of thumb for determining if you need emergency dental care is to ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you bleeding from the mouth?
- Are you in severe pain?
- Do you have any loose teeth?
- Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
- Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
- Do you have any bulges, swelling or knots on your gums?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will want to contact your Comfort Care emergency dentist right away. They will then be able to help you determine if you need emergency dental care or a visit to the ER.
When Your Dental Emergency isn’t “Urgent”
There are some dental maladies that may feel like an emergency, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be treated right away. At Comfort Care, we always recommend coming in as soon as possible for any dental treatments or questions you might have. However, sometimes these emergencies can wait to be treated during regular business hours. Some dental emergencies that don’t qualify as urgent, include:
- Broken or Cracked Tooth – This depends greatly on the severity of the injury to the tooth and if you are experiencing pain. For mild accidents, you may be able to wait a day or two.
- Dull Toothache – If you are able to alleviate some of the pain with an over-the-counter pain medication, this can probably be dealt with in a few days or when the pain increases.
- Lost Filling, Crown, or Bridge – We know that accidents happen, and loosing any of these or more common than you would think. Contact Comfort Care during regular business hours to have this replaced.
- Objects(food) between teeth – If you are not able to dislodge the object or food between the teeth at home with floss, this could be considered an urgent dental emergency.
- Broken or Lost Night Guard or Retainer
If you are suffering from any of the above issues, Comfort Care is always available to take any of your emergency dental questions. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you are unsure whether or not you should see your dentist immediately.
How To Avoid Dental Emergencies
Though accidents and some injuries are unavoidable, there are some preventative measures that you can take to avoid possible dental emergencies. These include, but are not limited to:
- Visiting your dentist for bi-annual and routine checkups and exams will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Wearing a mouthguard during sports
- Avoid chewing ice and other types of hard foods
Comfort Care: Emergency Dental Care You Can Trust
As Idaho’s number one leader in sedation dentistry, we know how important it is to make our guests feel comfortable and relaxed, especially in emergency situations. Not only can we guarantee one of the most “relaxing” trips to the dentist, but we also promise to provide you with the best dental care and customer service available in your area. We have a reputation of creating personal relationships with all of our patients- that means you! It doesn’t matter if you end up at our Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls or Rexburg emergency dental locations, we will always make sure that you feel like family when you visit any of our dental offices.