Dental emergencies can be divided into two categories – those that require immediate attention and those that can wait for a few days before they are treated. Tooth loss, toothache and cracked teeth belong in the first category, while misaligned teeth can be treated as a non-emergency as long as they do not cause any pain or discomfort to the patient. However, oral problems are difficult to categorise and all patients feeling ongoing pain or discomfort should seek immediate dental help.
An emergency dentist in Southgate, including those at Adams Dental, is not usually the first number in a person’s contact list. As a matter of fact, many people do not even have a regular dentist. Luckily, more and more dental practices offer emergency services to patients and non-patients. These appointments can be scheduled outside the practice’s normal hours and this is quite convenient since patients won’t have to worry about dental care.
When to see an emergency dentist
As expected, not all dental problems are emergencies, therefore patients should really ask themselves if their issue requires immediate attention. Examples of dental injuries that require immediate attention include cuts in the mouth, dislocated teeth, knocked out teeth, broken jaws and toothache. Injuries that do not require immediate dental attention include moderately chipped or misaligned teeth.
Patients with knocked out teeth, in particular, should see an emergency dentist in Southgate as soon as possible. Seeing the dentist within an hour after the injury, chances are that their teeth can be safely re-implanted without the need for extensive surgery. Likewise, a toothache can be indicative of a more serious oral condition such as cavities or abscesses, therefore visiting the dentist on time can save patients from requiring more extensive (and expensive) treatment in the future.
What to expect from an emergency dentist
An emergency dental appointment is not a general check-up; the dentist isn’t going to finish it off with a scale and polish or a general examination. It will focus primarily on the injury and once this is fixed, there may be time to discuss further dental issues that need to be addressed. In most cases, emergency appointments are followed by regular appointments to discuss further treatment options.