You Don’t Have to Face Your Emergency Alone
Accidents can happen when you least expect them, and waiting to be seen at your six month check-up isn’t soon enough. If you’ve experienced a dental emergency, it’s important to stay calm and give us a call at (480) 525-6000. We’ll get you an appointment at your earliest convenience and provide you with instructions in the meantime.
What’s Considered a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies come in many forms and vary from patient to patient. You’ll want to seek immediate care if you’ve experienced any of the following:
- Severe toothache
- Chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
- Damaged restorations
- Dental trauma
- Knocked-out teeth
- Painful, bleeding, or swollen gums
It’s important to remember that dental issues typically don’t go away on their own and delaying treatment may cause more problems. Seeking help in a timely manner will ensure you’re on your road to recovery and alleviate your pain.
What’s NOT Considered a Dental Emergency?
If you’ve experienced trauma and require immediate care to stop the bleeding, you’ll want to go to the emergency room. For your convenience, we handle most other cases in our office. In fact, emergency room doctors will typically address the pain and then refer patients with dental pain and damage to a dentist. So, you’ll want to start by giving us a call first.
If you’re unsure if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact our office and we’ll see you at your earliest convenience. If your issue doesn’t require immediate attention, we’ll schedule you an appointment in the near future.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I chip, crack, or break a tooth?
In the event that you damage your teeth, you should contact our Mesa office right away by calling (480) 525-6000. In the meantime, you can clean the tooth so it’s free of debris and store it in a container with saline solution to keep the roots from drying out. If the tooth is chipped or broken, keep the pieces preserved as best you can.
Avoid lifting the tooth from the roots and try to only touch the crown portion instead. It’s vital to schedule an appointment as soon as you get a chance– this will help ensure the re-implantation is successful. Trying to fix a tooth that has been displaced on your own may only cause more damage.
How can I prevent dental emergencies?
Sometimes emergencies can be prevented if precautions are followed. For example, wearing mouthguards and protective equipment when participating in sports activities can help prevent damaging your teeth and gums.
Also, seeing your dentist for regular checkups will help them catch any issues before they become problematic. If you’re planning on leaving the country or taking a long trip, you’ll want to see Dr. Hatch prior to leaving to ensure your oral health is in optimal condition.
Following a good oral hygiene routine and scheduling biannual checkups and cleanings will ensure your oral health stays on track.
Are follow-up appointments considered a dental emergency?
Follow-up appointments are typically scheduled to examine how your mouth is responding to a particular surgery or procedure. In some cases, you may need to see Dr. Hatch for a follow-up appointment if sutures need to be removed.
He’ll also want to assess swelling and ensure your mouth is free of infection. If you’re unsure if your follow-up appointment is in need of immediate attention, give our office a call and we’ll get to the bottom of it.
I have a toothache. What should I do?
Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the teeth.
A common mistake is to place an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, however, the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Instead, give us a call and we’ll get to the bottom of what’s causing the discomfort so you can begin your life pain-free again.
We Prioritize Your Pain
At Arizona Dental Heights, we want to alleviate your pain and restore your oral health to its optimal function. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency contact our office by calling (480) 525-6000 and we’ll ensure you’re on track to a speedy recovery.