Dental emergency is a term encompassing a gamut of dental issues that involve blood loss, pain, or injury to the mouth or any of the structures inside it, which all require immediate medical treatment. These include toothache, cuts, lacerations, tooth loss, broken jaws, puncture wounds, and tooth abscess (buildup of pus in the tooth).
Like any other type of emergency, dental emergencies are inevitable: they can happen anywhere and anytime. As such, you need to be prepared for them by knowing where you should go when they happen (i.e., whether you should go to the hospital, or see your dentist).
Check out the brief guide below to figure out which particular type of dental emergency requires a visit to the ER or an appointment with your dentist.
Knowing When to Visit the ER or Your Dentist for Your Dental Problem
Dental problems that involve severe pain, or excessive blood loss or uncontrollable bleeding; or those that are caused by a serious or potentially life-threatening infection or injury warrant a visit to the emergency room.
However, it is important to take note that while emergency rooms are manned by medical personnel who are highly trained in all types of dire medical situations— including dental emergencies— they typically do not have dental professionals on staff. This means you will still be required to see your dentist for specialized care after you receive initial treatment.
Despite the term “dental emergency,” there are dental problems that fall under this umbrella that are not serious enough to warrant an ER visit, but still require prompt medical assistance. Damaged or broken braces, knocked-out tooth, lost crown or filing, toothache, and tooth infection (with no pus buildup) are some of the common dental emergencies that can be addressed by your dentist.
Emergency Dentist in Eugene, OR
At 360 Dental, Dr. Ari Binder is best known for the comprehensive and compassionate care he provides for people of all ages. He prides himself on his broad skill set and extensive experience, which make him well equipped to handle dental emergencies.
Dr. Binder is also an expert in IV sedation dentistry, so you can count on him to make you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout major dental procedures, such as emergency root canals, dental implant surgery, and wisdom tooth extractions.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Binder, call our office today at (541) 689-1645. For nonemergency dental concerns, you may fill out our convenient request form, and our staff member will get back to you promptly to schedule your visit.