Dental Emergency – Simplified

Accidents, dental injuries, and tooth damage can happen at any time, day or night, and they often demand immediate attention. In cases such as these, an emergency dentist who offers urgent and after-hours services can provide the care you need. A dental emergency is a condition where the patient is in extreme discomfort that needs to be addressed immediately, such as excessive pain, discomfort, swelling or bleeding. In such cases, an emergency dentist is the right person to evaluate the best course of action.

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You should also know how to take care of your dental discomfort at home until the dentist is able to see you. Doing so is likely to improve the outcome from your emergency dental treatment and also decrease the chances of complications down the road.

In case of an emergency, there can be confusion if the patient needs to be seen at the ER or not. In cases where emergency medical care is needed, and there is no emergency dentist around, sometimes the only option is to bring the patient to the ER. However, it is important to note that most ER facilities do not have a dentist on staff, are not equipped to handle any dental emergencies. Therefore, seeing an emergency dentist is the best option for your acute dental needs, as they are dental professionals who are trained in providing emergency dental care 24/7.

 

Types of Dental  Emergencies:

The following are some dental situation that will need emergency dental care:

  • Toothaches: Have you been hit in the mouth or face? Do you see signs of swelling? Broken teeth, cavities, and fillings are many causes of tooth pains. Do not ignore toothaches because they can become serious. If a toothache occurs, it’s best to see our emergency dentist right away. In the meantime, you can take some pain relievers (e.g., Tylenol or ibuprofen) to temporarily reduce the pain. Make sure to never put aspirin or painkillers against gums near the aching tooth, as this may cause burning to the tissue. When you experience tooth discomfort or pain, and it has begun to affect your daily routine, it it is likely that a dental evaluation is need as soon as possible.
  • Abscess, bad taste, and infection can be good indicators that emergency dental care is needed, requiring you to visit the nearest emergency dentist.
  • Swelling is symptom of a very urgent emergency dental situation and needs to be treated immediately.
  • Broken tooth: Broken teeth with small cracks or fractures are often difficult to detect due to minimal pain. Over time, these small cracks and fractures can lead to serious symptoms affecting the nerve. Teeth with large pieces broken off can become very painful due to internal damage or exposed nerves. Contact our Santa Clarita dentist right away if you notice any of these symptoms. In addition, ignoring indications of a fracture can allow the condition to worsen severely, even to the point of permanent damage. We recommend you to save any pieces of teeth and apply gauze to the area if you experience any bleeding. Placing a cold compress to the outside can help with swelling or pain.
  • Lost crown: Another common dental emergency is a lost crown. If your crown has fallen off, be sure to make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Bring the crown with you when you go to your appointment. If possible, try to slip the crown back over the tooth. You can use dental cement or toothpaste to hold the crown in place until we’re able to assist you.
  • General Rule of Thumb: If you have swelling in the mouth or jaw, or teeth that are painful, bleeding, and loose, it’s likely an emergency. Dental emergencies should always be taken seriously to prevent any further damages. That’s why our emergency dentist in Santa Clarita is available 24/7 at our beautiful, peaceful location.

Emergency Dentist – Walk Ins

If you have mild tooth sensitivity, bad breath, sore gums, or other relatively minor dental ailments, make an appointment with your regular dentist for a checkup. While it is important to treat these conditions promptly, they are not dental emergencies.

Your emergency dentist in Santa Clarita

There are few dental centers in Santa Clarita, such as in Newhall, Saugus, Valencia, Canyon Country, and Palmdale California, that offer emergency dental services 24/7.  Smile Care Valencia has been offering emergency dental services in the area and the neighboring cities from the very beginning . They are managed by experienced dental professionals, who have years of dedicated service in the dental field.  Equipped with modern tools and skills, they are there to stay.

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