Emergency dentists often perform tooth extractions.
An emergency dentist takes care of dental emergencies. Generally, a dental emergency is one that involves extreme pain or damage to the tooth. For example, if a tooth needs immediate extraction or a filling or crown comes loose and causes pain, it’s a dental emergency. On the contrary, if a person needs their teeth professionally cleaned or has a cavity that needs to be filled but is painless, it is not a dental emergency. Most emergency dentists are open 24/7 to handle dental emergencies whenever they occur, although the availability of an emergency dentist is often dependent on the patient’s location.
Any kind of extreme pain or damage to the teeth is considered a dental emergency.
Typically, an emergency dentist deals with situations that involve severe pain and damage. These urgent situations can include extreme tooth decay, an abscessed or infected tooth, or a broken tooth. Often, emergency dentists perform extractions or, if the tooth is salvageable, fill a cavity. These dentists can also treat sore gums that are swollen due to infections or disease. The dentist’s prescription or delivery of medications, such as pain relievers or antibiotics, depends on each patient’s specific situation and the dentist’s policy.
It may be advisable to visit an emergency dentist if the toothache intensifies or persists.
Some dental emergencies are more complicated than an extraction or filling. For example, an emergency dentist may need to perform emergency root canal treatment. If pain is involved, he may replace a crown that has fallen off or apply a temporary crown until the patient can make an appointment for a permanent replacement. Likewise, if a tooth cracks but does not chip or fall out, an emergency dentist can stabilize it until the patient’s regular dentist can repair it. People who lose teeth due to accidents or other injuries can visit emergency dentists for replantation.
An emergency dentist may need to apply a temporary crown.
Due to the nature of their profession, emergency dentists often offer services 24 hours a day. This means the office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Thus, a patient who wakes up at three in the morning with a severe toothache can seek emergency dental service immediately, rather than waiting for office hours to make an appointment.
Emergency dentists often perform the drilling and filling of a cavity.
Unfortunately, emergency dentists are not located in all areas. Generally, large cities are home to one or several emergency dentists, while smaller rural areas have dentists who only work traditional hours. For some patients this means driving an hour or more to find an emergency dentist, but for others it means waiting until their regular dentist opens the market.