August 4, 2022
Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them to—and they have a funny knack for occurring when it’s least convenient, too! That said, upon suffering any type of dental emergency, your first move should be contacting your emergency dentist and informing them of the situation. But you might not know what to expect upon showing up for your visit, which can sometimes make things a little stressful. Keep reading to learn about four things you can anticipate when you arrive to ensure that you’re able to quickly get your smile the help it needs.
1. Same-Day Treatment (If Necessary)
Even though you should always contact your emergency dentist promptly after suffering a dental emergency, they’re the one who will determine whether you need to be seen immediately. Some types of emergencies, like displaced teeth, need to be addressed as soon as possible. But less-severe injuries like chipped or cracked teeth can usually wait a day or two. If you’re experiencing any pain, your dentist will advise you on how to manage your discomfort until your appointment.
2. An Emergency Dental Examination
One of the key differences between an emergency dental visit and a regular checkup is how your dentist handles examining your mouth. During a routine visit, your dentist examines and evaluates your whole mouth, but during an emergency visit, they only focus on the problem area. This allows them to quickly determine the root of the issue and come up with an appropriate course of action. Sometimes X-rays are taken to detect possible inflammation or infection that the naked eye can’t detect.
3. Possible Use of Anesthesia or Sedation
The possibility exists that your dentist might have to use anesthesia or some form of sedation to assist with your treatment; but this is absolutely nothing that you should worry about! Your dentist’s top priority above all else is your comfort—and sedation is one way to easily ensure that you don’t feel stressed, anxious, or agitated during your visit. It’s also worth noting that some types of emergency treatment require sedation or anesthesia regardless of the level of pain you’re experiencing.
4. Pain Relief & Smile Restoration
Dental emergencies are a nuisance because they can simultaneously affect the look, feel, and functionality of your smile—while also sometimes being painful! But as soon as you’re seated in your dentist’s chair, your smile becomes their focus, and they’ll do everything they can to address your pain and remedy the emergency. Whether it’s a toothache or hypersensitivity, a chipped or fractured tooth, or even a displaced tooth or lost dental restoration, your dentist is the best person for any sort of dental emergency.
The world can come to a screeching halt when you experience a dental emergency—but these situations are far from hopeless! Contacting your emergency dentist quickly and knowing what to expect when you show up will ensure that your smile receives the fast-tracked and urgent care that it needs.
About the Practice
White Oak Dental & Orthodontics is honored to serve patients and families in the Avenel, NJ area under the leadership of Dr. Alvin Aquino and Dr. Connie Lai. Together they combine several decades of experience to provide an exceptional level of dental care for everyone they treat. Their practice is pleased to offer a wide range of available dental and orthodontic services, including emergency treatment. If you or a loved one is suffering from a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact the practice: (732) 582-4224.
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