You might have excessive unexplained bleeding in your gums or had a head trauma that left your jaw broken. These are perfectly acceptable instances that are considered emergencies.
Most of the time, an accident is going to result in a trip to the emergency room, not the dentist. But direct trauma to the jaw may require dental care as soon as possible.
Dental Office Versus Emergency Room
When you have an emergency, it’s scary. Most people don’t think clearly, and they end up wasting precious time trying to figure out what to do next.
While we want to help treat your urgent problems, we also want you to get where you’re supposed to be going the first time. For that reason, we’re breaking down what a dental emergency is and what’s best treated first at an emergency room.
Excessive and uncontrollable bleeding from your gums or teeth is definitely something you can call us for. However, if you can’t pinpoint where the bleeding is coming from, but it’s definitely not those two places, you should visit the emergency room
A direct hit to the jaw can break the bone there. If it’s the result of a fall or simple accident, we can help. But if it’s from a car accident, altercation, or other situation where liability is going to be an issue, your insurance might recommend you go straight to the emergency room. Specifically, if the trauma resulted in any blow to the back or front of the head besides the jaw, you need to be checked for a concussion.
Any injury that affects your gum, such as a cut to the area, can be treated as a dental emergency. Lost fillings need to be taken care of quickly before they develop into big problems, so even though they may not be life-threatening, they can be an emergency.
An abscess is another clear dental issue that needs to be treated quickly. These are infections that can seep into the bloodstream and become dangerous, if not fatal.
If your tooth becomes dislodged in any way and it appears to be barely hanging on, call us for an emergency visit so we can repair it before it falls out completely.