Dentists are often called upon to handle emergency situations in the dental office. The following section of this document contains information about the most commonly encountered dental emergencies that dentists will likely face. We hope it will serve as a helpful resource for dentists, dental assistants, and other team members as they strive to provide timely and quality care for patients in need of urgent care.
Most major cities have some kind of emergency room available but if you have an appointment with a dentist first thing on Monday morning, don’t let this be your first stop – go straight to the dentist.
These are Some Types of procedures in Emergency dental service
- Root canal treatment is one of the most common treatments performed in the Emergency dental service. When a tooth has a crack or fracture at the tip of the root, it usually signals that the pulp within has also become infected by bacteria. If left untreated, this will eventually cause pain and result in a teeth abscess (infection of pus surrounding the tooth).
- A broken tooth can happen at any time, but sometimes they’re caused by combinations of factors such as accidents—even minor ones—and grinding or clenching teeth. If you experience a broken tooth, you might be able to save it with a root canal, which involves removing the broken portion and filling the space with a material such as calcium to fill the void. You can also have a dentist inject an antibacterial material into the space to fight infection.
- A tooth can also break in another location, as in the side where the gum meets or at the base of teeth. These kinds of fractures are often caused by falling or violent contact with other teeth that make direct contact on your jaw.
- Toothache is usually a symptom of an underlying dental problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease. However, it can also be caused by an infection in your jaw, an abscess between your teeth, or a cavity. Toothaches vary in severity and can happen at any time of the day. There are many effective treatments for toothaches.
- Tooth discoloration occurs when dental restorations such as fillings and crowns are placed on teeth that have existing discoloration from stains left behind by aging or tobacco use. While some stains will not be treated with bleaching, others will respond to whitening agents and procedures with successful results.
Why do I need emergency dental treatment?
An emergency visit to a dentist is needed when it is necessary to save loose teeth, prevent infections in the site or when a toothache becomes unbearable.
What are the types of emergencies?
The most common emergency situations are toothaches, chipped and broken teeth, lost part of a tooth and dental abscesses. Other conditions that require an immediate visit to the dentist include bleeding gums, new or starting mouth sores, infected wisdom teeth and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
How will the dentist treat tooth decay?
When treating decay, your dentist may use a fluoride treatment or apply sealant glaze. If the decay is severe, he or she may perform a root canal procedure. The dentist will also restore the tooth with either a partial or a full crown.