It often seems as though a dental problem is not an emergency. This thought is often inaccurate and can lead to further problems down the road. If you are experiencing any dental emergency, including toothaches, broken teeth or dentures, cracked teeth or lost fillings, or any dental pain, it’s essential to see your dentist.
Why is it important to see a dentist immediately if you experience a dental emergency? Well, just like you would go to the doctor, urgent care, or the emergency room when you break your arm, you should see your dentist if you break or crack a tooth (or your dentures). Many of these problems can be fixed faster, better, and less expensively when they are caught early.
Examples of dental emergencies
A great example is if you knock out your tooth. Depending on what happened, we will have several options available. We may be able to place it back into the socket, create a temporary crown and replace it with a dental implant after it heals, or create a dental bridge.
If you have a toothache caused by a cavity, we can often do a quick filling. However, if you wait too long, that quick filling may lead to you needing a dental extraction, a root canal, and it may impact your other teeth.
And, if you’re one of our denture wearers, anything happening to your dentures is immediately a dental emergency. Your dentures are custom-fit to your mouth, and a broken piece can cause significant damage. If your dentures are loose or are suddenly not fitting right, it’s important to come in and have them refit to ensure the most comfort.
We have your safety in mind
Knowing that we serve an at-risk population with the COVID-19 pandemic, we work hard to ensure the safety of our patients. We follow all the guidelines recommended by the CDC, ADA, and the Arizona state governor’s office.