Emergency dentistry involves providing immediate care to patients experiencing severe dental pain or other dental problems that require urgent attention.
Common dental emergencies include severe tooth pain, knocked-out or fractured teeth, abscesses, bleeding or swollen gums, and broken dental restorations. Delaying treatment can lead to more serious dental problems and potentially life-threatening infections, so seeking urgent care as soon as possible is essential.
Emergency dental treatments may include pain management, antibiotics, restorative procedures, and emergency tooth extractions. Patients can find emergency care by contacting their regular dentist, an emergency dental clinic, or a hospital emergency room.
Preventative measures such as good oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and avoiding harmful behaviors can help prevent dental emergencies from occurring.