Dental emergencies happen, sometimes despite our best efforts. It can be frightening when you are eating something crunchy and suddenly a filling falls out or you start experiencing tooth pain that has suddenly become unbearable.
If one of these happens to you, give us a call right away. We’ll get you in for an examination quickly, relieve any pain you might be experiencing, and develop a treatment plan to take care of the problem. We even have an after-hours number on our practice voicemail because emergencies can happen anytime, day or night!
Is It an Emergency or Isn’t It?
Sometimes you might be in a situation after normal office hours that leaves you wondering if what you are facing is indeed a dental emergency. Here are some guidelines:
One of the most common dental emergencies is a toothache that not only persists for several days but becomes intolerable. This is often a sign that there is an infection in the pulp of the tooth, which may require root canal treatment to resolve. If you are suffering from an excruciating toothache, give us a call immediately and we’ll see you as soon as possible.
If you have suffered an injury to the mouth from a blow to the face or from an auto accident and a tooth feels loose or broken—or has fallen out completely—a trip the dentist is needed as soon as possible. If your tooth is knocked out of its socket, you need to see the dentist immediately if there is any chance of saving that tooth. If you can, put the tooth back in its socket or keep it moist by holding it between your cheek and gum until you can get in for an appointment.
Other situations that might need treatment but can wait until normal office hours include a filling that has fallen out or a crown that has come loose.
Preventing Future Dental Emergencies
Believe it or not, the best way to prevent dental emergencies is to visit your dentist regularly for routine examinations. When people skimp on preventive dental care, small problems that could have been discovered and treated early on usually grow into big problems.
Many people are fearful of the dentist, so they put appointments off—sometimes for years. Our kind, compassionate team will work hard to ensure your visit with us is comfortable. We will do whatever we can to help alleviate your anxiety.
Please know that at our office, we are never judgmental—even if it has been quite some time since your last visit to the dentist. However bad you think the state of your mouth, our only goal is to get you back onto the path to good oral health.
Call Us When You Experience a Dental Emergency
Call your Columbus dentist at Shipp Family Dental if you need emergency care! If you are unsure if your situation constitutes an emergency, talk to us and we can help you decide whether you need to be seen immediately or if it can wait.