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.
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:
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.
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.
Some of the more common emergencies include:
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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