What Is Emergency Dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is a specialized branch of dental care that focuses on providing immediate relief and treatment for sudden and severe dental issues. Unlike routine dental appointments, emergency dental services are designed to address urgent situations that require prompt attention to alleviate pain, prevent further damage, and ensure the overall oral health and well-being of the patient.
Benefits of Emergency Dentistry Services
- Immediate Relief: Emergency dentistry provides swift pain relief, addressing discomfort and preventing further complications.
- Prevention of Complications: Prompt care can prevent minor issues from escalating into major dental problems.
- Preservation of Teeth: Timely intervention increases the chances of saving a knocked-out tooth or repairing a damaged one.
- Expert Assessment: Skilled dentists like Dr. Michael Nishime can accurately diagnose the issue and recommend tailored treatments.
- Comprehensive Care: Emergency dentistry covers a wide range of issues, from trauma to infections, ensuring holistic oral health.
Common Dental Emergencies and Initial Responses:
Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss around the tooth to dislodge any debris. Avoid placing aspirin on the gums, as this can burn the gum tissue. Instead, take over-the-counter pain relief as directed.
Hold the tooth by the crown (top) and gently rinse the root if it’s dirty. Try to reinsert it into the socket and bite down on the gauze. If not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or a tooth preservation product and seek immediate dental care.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Collect any broken tooth fragments and see the dentist as soon as possible.
Lost Filling or Crown
Apply a small amount of dental cement or petroleum jelly to the exposed area. Avoid eating on that side of the mouth and schedule an emergency dental visit. Be sure to keep the crown or filling in a bag to make sure it doesn’t get lost and bring it with you to your appointment.
Gently secure the jaw in place using a cloth, tie, or handkerchief. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and seek emergency medical and dental attention immediately.
If a tooth is partially dislodged, try to gently push it back into place with light finger pressure. Bite down softly on gauze to keep it in position and see your emergency dentist as soon as possible.
Object Stuck Between Teeth
Attempt to remove the object with dental floss, taking care not to damage the gums. Never use sharp or pointed instruments. If unsuccessful, seek professional help from Dr. Nishime to prevent further complications or damage.
Bleeding Tongue or Soft Tissue
Apply gentle pressure to control bleeding. Rinse your mouth with a warm saline solution. Use a cold compress to alleviate swelling. Avoid consuming hot or spicy foods.
Cut or Tear on Lips
Clean the area with mild soap and water. Apply light pressure to the cut. Use a cold compress to minimize swelling. Apply over-the-counter antibiotic ointment if available.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of emergency dentistry services can vary depending on the nature of the issue and the required treatment. While there might be a slight difference in cost due to the urgency, timely intervention can potentially prevent more extensive and costly procedures in the future. It’s recommended to contact your dentist to inquire about their emergency service fees and the benefits they offer.
While a lost filling might not seem like an immediate emergency, it’s advisable to seek prompt care. Leaving the tooth exposed can lead to sensitivity and further damage. Contact your dentist to discuss the situation and schedule an emergency appointment for a swift resolution.
While some emergencies are unavoidable, maintaining good oral hygiene, wearing protective gear during sports, avoiding chewing on hard objects, and scheduling regular dental check-ups can significantly reduce the risk of dental emergencies. Your dentist can provide personalized tips during your appointments.
Yes, a dental infection can rapidly escalate and cause severe pain and swelling. If you suspect an infection (signs include fever and throbbing pain), seek immediate attention from a qualified medical professional, preferably your dentist. Your dentist can diagnose the issue, provide antibiotics if needed, and recommend appropriate treatment.
Dental Emergency? Call Us, Your Lifeline in a Dental Crisis!
When dental emergencies strike, having a reliable and experienced emergency dentist like Dr. Michael Nishime of Advanced Restorative Dentistry can make all the difference. From toothaches to knocked-out teeth, the expertise and prompt care provided by emergency dentistry services can bring relief, preserve your oral health, and prevent unnecessary pain.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, or you’d like to know about handling them when they occur, contact our Honolulu, HI office by dialing (808) 732-0291. You can also click the button below or fill out and submit the online contact form at the bottom of the page, and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. Remember, in times of dental crisis, seeking immediate attention ensures a brighter smile for years to come. Advanced Restorative Dentistry serves patients in Honolulu and surrounding areas such as Kailua, O‘ahu, and Kapolei, HI.