Oral injuries can be discomforting as they may look more serious than they actually are. It is a wise thing to educate yourself on the types of injuries that do and do not require an immediate trip to the emergency room or dental clinic.
Dental emergencies and some common mouth injuries can include knocked out, cracked or broken teeth. This can happen from trauma during and accident, a fall, while playing sports, or simply biting down on something hard while eating. Immediate professional attention to the injury depends on its severity. It is possible that some of these can wait until normal business hours. However, if the tooth is knocked out completely, you should seek immediate medical attention.
The most important thing to remember is that we are here to help you. In a dental emergency, feel free to call Dr. Erin B. Sutton, DMD and Thomas L. Hills, DMD at Emerald Coast Dentistry in Fort Walton Beach FL. Our number is 850-863-1722. We can advise you on what to do and whether to come into our offices or go to the closest emergency room.
Of course, the problem won’t always be as obvious as a knocked out or broken tooth. Many times we get calls about severe tooth pain. This is usually the result of nerve pain from a cavity or abscessed tooth. In those cases, even if you think you want to take a trip to the emergency room, call your dentist’s office first. We will always do our best to get you into our offices quickly in an emergency situation.
If there is no other option, head to your nearest hospital emergency room. The professional staff there can provide whatever medical attention you need until you can come in to see the dentist. At the very least they can alleviate any discomfort and give you the attention you need during an emergency.