When an accident or injury occurs when we least expect it, most of us know that we can head to the emergency room to seek professional advice. However, few people consider what they would do if they were to suffer a dental trauma outside of their dentist’s usual working hours. Accidents and emergencies can occur at any time, so knowing what you will do in an unprecedented dental trauma can be hugely beneficial. Having an emergency dentist already lined up can save time panicking over where you will go, and help to keep you or your loved one calm and comfortable.
At Vero Dental Spa, we understand how stressful a dental emergency can be, and our team is on hand to ensure that you get the reassurance, and exemplary quality treatment and care you need to make a full recovery.
Types of dental emergency and treatment
A range of different dental issues could be considered to be a dental emergency, including:
- A knocked-out tooth
- Facial trauma
- Lost cavity filling or dental crown
- An abscess
- Severe infection
- Unbearable pain in the teeth, mouth, or jaw
- A lost dental implant
The emergency treatment that you receive will depend on the type of dental problem that you are experiencing. If you require restorative treatment such as a replacement crown, you will likely be given a temporary restoration and scheduled an appointment for a permanent fixture.
Some of the treatments that we can perform in our out-of-hours service include:
- Temporary replacement cavity fillings or crowns
- Emergency tooth extractions
- Dental implant care
- Root canal surgery
- Repairs of chips, cracks or other damage caused by trauma
- Periodontal care (for gum problems)
- Medication for pain relief
- A prescription for antibiotics to treat infections
What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
Sudden tooth loss as a result of an accident is extremely common. Knowing how to handle the situation can reduce the panic that you may feel, and increase the possibility that your tooth may be able to be successfully re-implanted.
If you can find the missing tooth, pick it up without handling the root, and place it in a clean container. Your mouth may be bleeding, but the amount of blood will look worse than it truly is due to mixing with your saliva. Rinse your mouth with water a few times, then stem the flow with a clean handkerchief or piece of cloth. Then get to our office as soon as possible.
Is emergency dental treatment covered by my insurance?
Every individual insurance policy is different, so while emergency dentistry is usually covered to some degree by most insurance policies, it is essential that you check the fine print in your personal policy document to check that you have the cover that you require. If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance coverage, we highly recommend that you speak directly to your provider.
Our experienced and knowledgeable team of dental professionals are committed to providing you and your family with the highest quality care when you need it the most. If you are suffering from a dental emergency, we are on hand to make an accurate diagnosis and get you the treatment that you require. Call our office today to learn more about our dental emergency services.