Emergency Dentist

Amira Hassan, DDS -  - Dentist

Franklin Square Dental

Amira Hassan, DDS

Dentist located in Austin, TX

Emergency Dentist
For most dental emergencies, time is of the essence, so the sooner patients get to the dentist, the better. This is why Dr. Amira Hassan with Franklin Square Dental in Austin, Texas, offers an emergency dentistry service to patients who find themselves in need of dental care fast. Whether it’s a loose filling or a fractured tooth from a sports injury, Dr. Hassan is there to provide emergency assistance.

Emergency Dentist

by Amira Hassan, DDS

What is emergency dentistry?

Generally speaking, a dental emergency is any issue that involves the teeth or supporting tissue that needs immediate attention. Providing same-day appointments for emergency dentistry means Dr. Hassan makes time in her schedule to provide timely care so greater damage isn’t done.

How does a patient know it is an emergency?

Since the term can mean different things to different people, pain is a practical barometer. Extreme pain is certainly an emergency situation. Some conditions that might cause pain include:

  • Infected tooth
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Lost filling with exposed nerve
  • Cavity with exposed nerve
  • Dental fracture

The pain may come from an area around the teeth, as well. For example, some patients with TMJ experience a dental emergency if they can't open their mouths to eat or talk. The condition may cause severe headaches, too. Dentists call this non-odontogenic pain and it can affect the:

  • Sinuses
  • Ears
  • Jawbone
  • Mouth
  • Muscles in the face

Pain is a good general flag for a dental emergency, but common sense is part of that formula, as well. A patient with a tooth knocked out needs to see a dentist right away in order to save the tooth. Any kind of dental trauma is usually an emergency situation.

What is dental trauma?

As the name suggests, dental trauma is an injury to the teeth or supporting tissue. A crack in a crown is dental trauma. A tooth that is knocked loose in the socket, even if it doesn't come, out is also a dental trauma that requires emergency treatment. In some cases, Dr. Hassan may simply do first aid to secure the problem and provide relief until she can see the patient during a regular office visit, but when the circumstances warrant it, she provides full treatment on the spot.

What are some common dental emergencies?

Some of the more common emergencies include:

  • Toothache
  • Chipped tooth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Dislodged tooth
  • Something lodged between teeth
  • Lost filling
  • Lost crown
  • Broken braces
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Soft tissue injury

Keep in mind a fracture to the jawbone is a true medical emergency. Patients should call for medical help or go to the hospital if they experience a bone fracture of any kind.

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