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When is a Dental Emergency a Real Dental Emergency?

added on: November 13, 2023

At smilebuilderz, we understand that emergencies never happen at a convenient time. Worse yet, they often involve some type of painful sensation especially when it comes to your dental health. That’s why we offer urgent dental care services available six days a week. We strive to help our patients break free of pain as quickly as possible.

To the average patient, many oral-related situations may induce panic and the words “dental emergency.” However, there is a difference between non-urgent dental issues and emergencies that require immediate attention. It’s important to have a plan in place before you experience such an emergency, so you’re not left scratching your head wondering who to call or if you need to head to the ER.

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

If you’ve ever experienced a broken crown, a cracked tooth, or an incredibly painful toothache — you’d likely consider all of these emergency situations. It can be scary to watch your child take a spill and stand back up with a bloody mouth and a missing tooth. These examples of oral trauma can be painful and may lead to inflammation or infection if left untreated.

True dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked out tooth
  • Severe toothache
  • Dental abscesses
  • Bleeding gums
  • Dental fractures

If you’ve experienced a knocked-out tooth, acting quickly is the best method for saving your tooth. Taking the proper steps, such as rinsing the tooth and reinserting if possible or placing it into a clean container of milk or water, may allow the dentist to reinsert and preserve the tooth.

Other scenarios, such as a broken crown, can wait to be treated during normal business hours. Patients will oftentimes be able to find a temporary repair kit at their local drug store which can manage the issue until an appointment can be made. Other non-urgent “dental emergencies” include lost fillings, small chips, or dull toothaches that can be ameliorated by over the counter medications for a short period of time.

If you’re unsure whether your situation is an emergency or not, your dental care provider likely has an after-hours number. Use this number to seek advice on whether you need to come in ASAP or if it can wait until Monday. Staying calm during an emergency is key, as it helps to reduce overall stress and you’ll be able to find necessary information more efficiently.

Dental Emergency Care in Ephrata and Lancaster 

In an effort to be available whenever you need us, our dental emergency services are available for walk-ins. After all, it’s hard to schedule around an emergency! All ages are welcome, children and adults alike and we accept most insurances. At smilebuilderz, we want your family’s dental care to be in the best hands possible. Give us a call at (717) 481-7645 and we’ll do our best to find you a convenient solution.