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Dental Emergencies – Lincoln, NE

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

At Pioneer Greens Dentistry, our experts are always here to offer a helping hand to patients struggling with urgent dental problems. When you experience a medical emergency, you go to the emergency room or call 911. On the other hand, during a dental emergency, it makes sense to reach out to a dental professional for help, but in the moment it can be difficult to determine where you should turn. Read on to learn what constitutes a dental emergency and when to contact our team for an appointment.

What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

man with a dental emergency or tooth pain

Basically, any problem involving your teeth and requiring immediate care is a dental emergency. These situations can be life-threatening, such as uncontrolled oral bleeding or broken facial bones, requiring a visit to the ER. However, your circumstances do not have to be this extreme in order for you to seek help. In fact, the sooner you address the problem, the better. Most dental emergencies where urgent treatment is needed include:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • A broken, fractured, or chipped tooth
  • Lost crown or filling
  • Knocked-out or dislodged tooth
  • Third molar pain
  • Post-operative dental complications like dry socket
  • Abscess in the gums
  • Dental trauma

In these cases, you can easily feel panicked and want to go to the ER for immediate help. However, most hospitals are not equipped or trained to handle these dental problems. In fact, most of the time, all they can do is prescribe pain medication and antibiotics. Instead, dental emergencies can be best handled by one of our experienced dentists, who can actually treat the cause of the problem.

What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?

woman with extreme tooth pain

Depending on your situation, there are many things you can do when a dental emergency occurs. However, no matter the dental emergency, try to remain calm and contact Pioneer Greens Dentistry right away. Our team is here to help you through the situation and provide guidance for the best possible outcome. We will schedule an immediate appointment and give you tips for easing your pain until you can come in.

How Can I Avoid a Dental Emergency?

Most dental emergencies are either the result of infection or injury and can therefore be prevented if you take the right steps. These steps may seem simple, but they go a long way to protect you from discomfort, damage, and pain. Here are the ways you can steer clear of a dental emergencies:

  • Maintain strict oral hygiene every day (i.e., brush and floss daily).
  • Visit Pioneer Greens Dentistry every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup.
  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports.
  • Do not chew on hard foods or objects like ice, pencils, popcorn kernels, and more.
  • Avoid trying to open or cut packaging with your teeth.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, do not postpone getting help. The problem will only get worse as time passes and require more complex care to treat. Give us a call, and we will get your smile back on track.