After a sudden accident, many individuals require urgent dental care. The severity of these injuries can vary, ranging from dislodged or chipped teeth to severe lacerations. If these situations arise after a sports game or recreational activity, you should call our dentist immediately so they can provide you with the care you need. Sometimes, you may need an emergency tooth extraction if your tooth is broken or cracked.
If you need urgent dental treatment, our emergency dentist at Western Iowa Dental is here for you. Urgent treatment will help relieve your pain or discomfort, protect your teeth and gums, and prevent complications.
When Should You See an Emergency Dentist?
If your tooth has been knocked out, you should visit the nearest emergency dentist. Sometimes, the dentist can re-implant a knocked-out tooth. However, this may not be possible if it’s been longer than two hours since your tooth was knocked out.
If you’ve broken a tooth, but it’s still in place and hasn’t fallen out, you should call our emergency dentist and make an appointment as soon as possible. A broken tooth that falls out on its own usually can’t be re-attached, so quick treatment is necessary.
If you experience swelling or pain that makes it difficult for you to chew food, speak clearly, or otherwise live everyday life, you should call our emergency dentist for an appointment. Some cases of oral infections require antibiotics or other medications to treat. Painkillers won’t fix the problem on their own.
These cases are usually more difficult to diagnose over the phone. We can typically give you an idea of whether or not you’ll need to come in for a visit when you call our office, but you should see a dentist in person for a proper diagnosis.
The Benefits of Seeing an Emergency Dentist
A patient who experiences severe trauma to their tooth or has other serious damage to their mouth may need immediate dental care to keep the tooth. Waiting for several days or waiting until a regular dentist is available can cause further damage to the tooth and mouth that could have been avoided had the patient seen an emergency dentist immediately.
Seeing an emergency dentist can also save you money in the long run. Teeth that are severely damaged need to be repaired quickly, or they may need to be extracted. Extracting and then replacing a tooth can be more costly. Getting emergency treatment as soon as possible can save you a lot of money you would otherwise spend on restoring your smile.
If you need urgent dental treatment, visit Western Iowa Dental at 1509 Ave G, Council Bluffs, IA 51501, or call (712) 325-1544. Our emergency dentist can relieve your pain and discomfort and help you protect your smile and oral health.