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What Constitutes a Dental Emergency Amid COVID-19?

March 6, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — orbit_dental @ 3:37 pm

a female patient seeking help with a dental emergency If you’re wondering what is cause for a dental emergency, you’re not alone. Far too often, people believe there to be no need in seeing a dentist. Unfortunately, when this happens, it can lead to serious oral health problems that will often require additional time and money to be spent on complex procedures to fix the issue. As the world continues to practice social distancing due to COVID-19, you may be tempted to forgo dental help. But before you minimize a toothache that’s been bothering you for days, find out if it’s worth calling your dentist and what you can do to prevent a dental emergency in the first place.

Is It Really an Emergency?

Knowing when to seek help for a dental emergency isn’t always easy. Oftentimes, what seems like a minor issue is actually something much more significant and vice versa. The important thing to remember is to never feel as if you can’t call for help. Your dental team is available to answer questions and address concerns as well as evaluate your current problem to help you take the appropriate next steps.

Certain situations that warrant seeking immediate care include:

  • Severe tooth pain, as this could be a sign of an infection that may result in necessary root canal therapy or tooth extraction.
  • A tooth that has been knocked out, as this requires urgent care in order to save the tooth. If too much time passes, the tooth will no longer be viable, and you and your dentist will need to discuss options for replacing it.

Apart from the two scenarios listed above, it is likely that you can treat your emergency at home until your dental team is able to schedule an appointment. While a lost crown or filling or chipped tooth that isn’t causing pain may cause you to panic, these are situations that don’t necessarily qualify as “emergencies” and can wait to be treated.

How Your Dental Team Can Help

If your dental emergency is not actually something that needs to be handled right away, the staff at your dentist’s office will be happy to walk you through what you need to do to find relief and minimize discomfort.

Whether it is recommending a saltwater rinse for an aching tooth or a cold compress for a soft tissue laceration, they have the knowledge and skill to help you when you need it most. And if you do require an immediate visit, they will work you in as soon as possible, so your wait time will be significantly less than if you were to visit your local emergency room.

Not all dental emergencies are the same, and although you may think your current situation isn’t worthy of a visit to the dentist, let the professionals offer their insight to help you make the best decision about your oral health.

About the Practice
At Orbit Dental, we know accidents can happen, especially at the most inopportune time. This is why we are pleased to offer same-day appointments for emergency patients. Providing care when you need it most is a top priority. Our team of dental professionals will provide start-to-finish treatment in-house,  so you don’t have to bother with long wait times at your local emergency room. Instead, we will walk you through the steps you can take at home until you can make it to our office for treatment. If you believe you are suffering from a dental emergency, visit our website or call (469) 277-2727.


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