What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. They are particularly frustrating in that they require a visit to an emergency dentist, which is sometimes hard to find at any given hour. Emergency rooms can are equipped to handle a variety of emergency issues, but very rarely are they able to handle dental emergencies. In an emergency situation, it is imperative that you get the care you need as soon as possible. It is essential to contact an emergency dentist and at least get an opinion on if immediate attention is necessary and schedule an appointment.

At Barataria Dental in Marrero, LA, Dr. Maria Burmaster, and Dr. Valerie Hemphill offer a range of emergency dental service to get you the dental treatment you need. We encourage patients to contact our Marrero, LA dental office as soon as possible. 

Types of Dental Emergencies

Tooth Knocked Out   A tooth can come out from trauma, eating or because it was a vulnerable tooth that possibly underwent a procedure before the emergency. In these cases, a dentist must be seen within the hour or the tooth may not be restorable.  If necessary, call on the way to the dentist to ensure that they are ready for you. Time is of the utmost importance.

Infection or Abscess   An oral infection or tooth abscess can be a dangerous condition. Tooth pain and facial swelling are some of the symptoms. There is also the possibility of fever. Contact a dentist immediately so that the infection can be properly drained.  If necessary, the infected tooth removed and an antibiotic administered. Under no circumstances should one drain the infection at home. Luckily, if no emergency dentist is available, an emergency room staff can get the infection under control until a dentist can deal with the cause.

Other Dental Emergencies

Toothaches, broken teeth, lost fillings, and detached crowns are all dental emergencies that can be very painful. In some cases, they can lead to infection, which should be treated as soon as possible. In other cases, a dentist may advise the patient to wait until morning during regular office hours.

The key is to contact a dentist to get advice.  In nearly all dental emergencies, there is significant pain. If the pain is unbearable, it may be possible to get a prescription for pain relievers until the necessary procedures can be done. Physicians, dentists, and emergency room staff can help with this.