Emergency Dental Care
Accidents and emergencies are an unfortunate fact of life. We understand this and make it easy for you to get quality dental care fast in the event of a dental emergency. In many dental emergencies, speedy care can help you have a much better outcome and may even save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. As a patient of our office, you will also have access to after-hours care, and Dr. Kivett will provide you with instructions for accessing this service.
If you are having a dental emergency, call our office right away. We’ll make every effort to get you in quickly to relieve your pain and create a treatment plan to solve the problem and prevent future dental emergencies when possible.
Emergency dental care is designed to treat dental emergencies, which, while painful, are not life threatening. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms after a head or facial injury, you may have a concussion and should go to your nearest emergency room or call 911 right away:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dizziness or confusion
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
You should also go to the emergency room if you have bleeding that cannot be controlled with pressure or if your jaw or other facial bones appear to be broken.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
If you are experiencing pain or one of your teeth has been significantly damaged, you are having a dental emergency and should call our office promptly. Some of the most common dental emergencies we see include:
- Teeth that have been knocked loose or knocked out
- Sudden pain
- Abscesses, which may be indicated by pain and swelling in the gum, sometimes accompanied by a pimple-like lesion
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Injury to the gums, lips, or other soft tissues
- A lost or damaged filling, crown, or other restoration
Our top priorities during a dental emergency visit are to relieve your pain and make every attempt to save the tooth. Dr. Kivett is skilled in the use of sedation dentistry, which can help to calm and relax you while we treat your emergency.
Children’s Dental Emergencies
Sometimes parents are unsure whether they should call for an emergency appointment when their child has experienced trauma to a baby tooth. After all, the child was just going to lose the tooth anyway, right?
The truth is that losing a tooth too early can set your child up for a number of problems. Baby teeth are necessary for your child’s speech development and act as “placeholders” for the permanent teeth. When one or more baby teeth are lost too early, your child may have trouble with proper oral development. Also, the other teeth may shift, which can cause serious orthodontic problems such as twisting, crowding, and overlapping when the permanent teeth come in. These problems could require costly orthodontic treatment to fix.
If your child has lost or damaged a baby tooth that wasn’t already loose, please call us immediately so we can assess the damage and create a treatment plan. However, if your child has any symptoms of a concussion as described above, please take him or her to the emergency room quickly.