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How Emergency Dentistry Works

How Emergency Dentistry Works

Your dentist is the go-to health provider when you encounter a dental problem, but what if you run into an urgent issue outside of regular office hours? That’s where emergency dentistry comes in.

At Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry, general and cosmetic dentist Jeffrey C. Barrera, DDS, the Rancho Santa Margarita community emergency dental services to meet urgent dental needs. In this post, you’ll learn what constitutes a dental emergency and what steps to take should one arise.

Common dental emergencies

When you encounter a dental issue, the primary question to ask yourself is, “can it wait?” Not every dental issue is considered an emergency. It helps to know when you need to be seen right away and when you can wait until regular business hours to schedule an appointment.

Here are some common reasons to seek emergency dental care.

Severe persistent pain

While a mild ache can usually wait, you should schedule an emergency dental visit if you experience severe, unrelenting pain. Severe pain is a sign of a dental emergency. 

Knocked out tooth

A knocked-out tooth is always considered a dental emergency, whether from contact sports or another sudden blow to the face. If your tooth gets knocked out, retrieve the tooth, and give us a call for an emergency visit to see Dr. Barrera right away.

Whenever a tooth is knocked out, it’s crucial to act fast. Rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket, and head to your emergency dental visit. If the tooth doesn’t fit in the socket, place the tooth in a small container of milk to keep the tooth moist and nourished.

Signs of infection

Serious infection is a dental emergency -- signs to look out for include significant gum swelling, significant pain, pus, and bleeding. Don’t wait if you have symptoms of a serious infection.

Broken crown

A broken or displaced crown leaves your tooth exposed, which increases the risk of damage or infection. Any time you break or lose a crown, you should seek emergency dental care. The same goes for a broken or missing filling.

Tooth abscess

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms inside a tooth due to an infection. Warning signs include fever, tooth sensitivity, persistent toothache, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, facial swelling. A tooth abscess is a dental emergency. Left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding bone and other areas.

Object lodged in teeth

Seek emergency dental care if an object becomes lodged in your teeth that you can’t remove on your own. Anything lodged in your teeth can cause damage, irritation, or infection.

Loose tooth

Bone loss in your jaw and receding gums are two examples of issues that can cause a permanent tooth to loosen. It’s important to see a dentist right away for a loose tooth to have the underlying cause diagnosed and treated promptly.

Dental care when you need it most

There’s no way to predict when a dental emergency will occur. Learning to recognize when you need to see a dentist right away and when your issue can wait can help you get the proper treatment at the right time.

For this and all of your dental needs, call our office to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members to schedule a visit with Dr. Barrera or book online today. Prospective and existing patients can also text us

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