A dental emergency never seems to happen at a convenient time, which is why Value Dental Center Queen Creek always has a dentist on call for any of your dental emergency needs. Whether you lost a tooth or think you may have an abscess, it is vital to seek treatment as soon as possible to preserve your teeth and oral health.
Why Do I Need Emergency Dental Treatment?
While some dental problems such as a chipped tooth can typically wait a day or two, other circumstances can result in tooth loss if not treated promptly. Some conditions can be life-threatening if left untreated, so it is critical that you contact us as soon as possible. Based on your symptoms and particular issue, our on-call dentist can tell you if it is a true dental emergency and can treat you right away if necessary.
What is a Dental Emergency?
It may include any injury to the teeth or mouth. Some injuries may be painful. In many cases, we recommend seeking treatment within 30 minutes of the injury so that our dentist can save your tooth and prevent further damage. Some examples include:
- Knocked Out Tooth: If your tooth was knocked out and you have the tooth, we may be able to successfully reattach the tooth if you contact us immediately. If the tooth is lost, it is still recommended that you seek immediate treatment to avoid further damage to your teeth and gums.
- Loosened or Misaligned Tooth: Even if your tooth is just knocked loose or out of alignment, it is still vital that you seek treatment to prevent tooth loss. Our dentists can splint the tooth to stabilize it.
- Cracked or Fractured Tooth: Generally, a chipped tooth is not a dental emergency and can be treated within a day or two. A cracked or fractured tooth is typically a sign of more severe internal damage and should be treated as soon as possible. After assessing the damage, you may require an emergency root canal or your tooth may be repaired with a dental crown.
- Facial Pain or Tissue Injury: Any injury to the tissues inside your mouth that results in excessive bleeding is considered a dental emergency. These injuries may include puncture wounds or lacerations to your lips, cheeks, or tongue.
- Abscessed Tooth: An abscessed tooth is a severe and typically very painful infection in the tooth root. You may experience extreme pain in the specific tooth when you bite down. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can be life threatening, so it is critical that you contact us immediately.
What are the Signs of a Dental Emergency?
If you experience any of the following, you should contact our office immediately:
- Excessive bleeding from the gums, lips, cheeks, or tongue
- Severe pain in a specific tooth, gums, or the mouth or face
- A loose adult tooth
- An impact to your face or mouth
- Extreme swelling in the face or mouth
- Swollen gums, or bulging or knotted gums
- Severe sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks and when breathing in cold air
Contact Our Office As Soon As Possible
If your dental emergency occurs during normal business hours, contact our office as soon as possible, and we will get you in right away for treatment. If your emergency occurs after hours, call our office and you will be connected to our on-call dentist. The on-call dentist will make arrangements to see you as soon as possible. At Value Dental Center Queen Creek, we know dental emergencies can be painful and can happen at any time, so we always have a dentist on call that can handle any dental emergency.