Dental Emergency Wareham MA
Dental Emergency Care
You broke a tooth or it came out entirely. You’re experiencing severe pain. Your gums are inflamed. You think you might have an infection. What do you do?
Many people are unsure of how to deal with their dental issues, since they are often not life or death situations. It can be especially confusing when the issue occurs outside of their dentist’s office hours. Should they wait until the office is open? Should they call and see if they can get an emergency appointment? Or is it best to just go to the nearest emergency room to recieve dental emergency care?
There is no clear-cut answer. Dental issues can be more complicated than other issues, and therefore require the care of a skilled dentist. For example, a root canal cannot be done in the emergency room of a hospital. However, trauma to the face or mouth can be treated there. This would include issues such as a broken or dislocated jaw, lacerations to the mouth area and infections.
Seeking Dental Emergency Care
However, knowing exactly where to go and what to do can be confusing. If you are experiencing a dental issue and are unsure what to do, you can always call the dentist. Call the office number any time and there will likely be a message giving you instructions on what you need to do.
If you are experiencing a serious oral health situation, call Wareham Family Dental 24/7. Our skilled and caring dentists can save your teeth and alleviate your pain. Call (508) 295-7476 to see how we can help
Common Dental Emergencies
- Knocked-out tooth. A tooth can get knocked out in a car accident, fight, sports injury or other trauma. If your tooth gets knocked out, time is of the essence. Hold the tooth by the white visible portion (not the root). Use water to rinse it, then place it back into the mouth. Bite down on gauze to keep it in place. Alternatively, you can keep the tooth in milk. Call your dentist, who can advise you of the next steps.
- Oral infection. Swelling around the mouth or jaw is often a sign of a serious infection. If you think you might have an oral infection, don’t want too long. Seek emergency care right away. Some infections can cause symptoms such as trouble swallowing or breathing. These infections can travel to your heart and other parts of your body and even cause death if not treated promptly.
- Abscesses. Poor hygiene can lead to abscesses. Abscesses are pockets of pus that are caused by bacteria between the teeth and gums. Periodontitis can cause abscesses. When they are in the pulp of the tooth, they can cause a root canal.
Contact Us Today
Dental issues can be painful and unhealthy. If not treated promptly, an oral health condition can lead to serious issues. Get the help you need from the friendly dentists at Wareham Family Dental. With our emergency care, we can save your teeth and alleviate your pain. Give us a call 24/7 and we can assess your situation. Contact our office today at (508) 295-7476.