If you have an emergency medical situation, you know what to do. Call 911 to get help as soon as possible.
But what if you have an emergency dental situation? Would you know who to call?
Whether your dental emergency involves a tooth that’s been knocked out, bleeding and trauma in your mouth, or another issue, quick treatment is key. A delay could be the difference between saving or losing teeth, so it’s important to know you can call your dentist for immediate help.
At Silicon Valley Dental Associates in Sunnyvale, California, we offer same-day emergency dental appointments. Here’s why that’s important for you:
When you have a dental crisis, you don’t have time to waste looking for a dentist who can treat you. You want to know you have someone you can depend on when you need them. Setting this up ahead of time can save you valuable minutes during an emergency.
If your trauma is severe enough — from a car accident or sports injury, for example — receiving proper treatment right away possibly can save your tooth or teeth.
This isn’t only a cosmetic concern. Dental trauma can introduce infection into the body through the mouth, which can then travel to other parts of the body. With emergency dental treatment, your dentist can start you on a course of antibiotics immediately to reduce this risk.
If you’re not sure if your dental injury constitutes an emergency, trust your instincts. Call your dentist if you have any questions, and they can guide you quickly.
There were more than 2 million dental-related emergency room visits in 2018. Even so, if you’re facing a dental emergency, you don’t want to end up in the ER.
While it’s certainly true that ER doctors are well trained, their dental experience is typically minimal, and they won’t be equipped to handle anything other than the basics. You may even end up back in the emergency room if their treatment isn’t enough the first time.
You’re also likely to end up waiting longer, being exposed to other illnesses, and seeing a doctor who knows nothing about you and your dental history. You also can expect a higher bill.
If you’re able to contact your own dentist in an emergency, however, you receive much better care because they know your history and they have the training, facilities, and equipment to handle your emergency.
If you don’t know if your dentist offers emergency services, call them today to find out. If you need to establish care at a dentist so you'll be ready in an emergency, give us a call at Silicon Valley Dental Associates today.