WHAT IS EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE?
At Oakridge Dental, we understand that accidents and unplanned events happen. Rather than waiting a week for a checkup, some patients may require immediate care and attention to address these issues, especially if they have endured trauma or are experiencing significant pain. Board-certified dentist Dr. Brian Call and his team prioritize the comfort and health of our patients above all else, which is why our office is available for you to call at any hour of the day or night if you find yourself needing emergency care. Whether you have a broken, chipped, or cracked tooth, a toothache, a dislodged tooth, or another concern, we will do what we can to get you into our office and treated as soon as possible. If something unexpected has happened and you need care right now, call our Farmington, UT office. Dr. Call and his team regularly treat patients from all over Davis County, as well as Ogden and Salt Lake City, UT.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE?
At some point, you may require urgent care if you experience significant tooth pain, endure a cracked or broken tooth, notice that a restoration (such as a crown or dental implant) is loose, or if you have a knocked-out tooth. There are many instances that can occur that result in a patient needing immediate care, including:
- Toothaches: Depending upon the seriousness of the ache, you may need to come and see us immediately. While you are waiting for your appointment, we recommend rinsing your mouth with warm water in the meantime. If you notice any swelling along with the pain, you may use a cold compress to reduce this effect.
- Chipped or broken teeth: If you have a large chip or break in a tooth, it may require immediate attention. Call us to determine the best action. We often urge our patients to save any pieces they can, rinse their mouth with warm water, and carefully clean the tooth remnants. If the area is bleeding, you can apply gauze to the area for ten minutes or until the bleeding stops. You may also use a cold compress on the area to limit swelling and ease any pain.
- Knocked-out teeth: Teeth have the highest chance of being saved if you are able to see a dentist within one hour of the tooth being knocked out so we encourage you to contact Oakridge Dental immediately if you have a dislodged tooth. When you call our office, we will provide you with specific instructions you can follow as we get you in.
- Other dental emergencies: There are myriad dental emergencies that can develop. Regardless of whether or not you feel any pain, you should get in touch with our Farmington, UT office as soon as you can. We can help you assess the situation over the phone, determine the appropriate action, and decide if an emergency room visit is necessary.
WHAT DOES EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE INVOLVE?
Since each dental emergency is different, Dr. Call will work with you individually to determine the best course of action. First, he will thoroughly evaluate your mouth and dental health to fully assess your situation. Certain diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, may be needed to look for any underlying issues or trauma. Once Dr. Call has fully understood the severity of your condition, he will go over your options and help you develop the best treatment plan for your needs. Some patients may require one or more appointments to restore the function and appearance of their smile.
Depending on your concern, Dr. Call will provide you with specialized instructions to help you heal following your treatment at Oakridge Dental. He may write you a prescription for antibiotics or pain medication, which should be used as directed. He will also let you know if you should schedule an appointment for another treatment or a follow-up examination. After your dental emergency has been managed, you might speak to Dr. Call about methods to prevent potential injuries, which could include a custom mouth guard to be worn while playing sports. You need to continue to adhere to a proper at-home oral hygiene regimen with flossing and brushing to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. During your annual dental exam at Oakridge Dental, Dr. Call will continue to keep an eye on your progress.
WE'RE HERE WHEN ACCIDENTS HAPPEN
If you notice any bleeding, pain, or have experienced a trauma or injury to your mouth, contact Oakridge Dental for emergency care as soon as you can. Our office features a 24-hour call service for any situation that may arise. Dr. Call, along with his skilled team, will help control your pain and address any damage to your teeth, gums, jaw, or dental work. Receiving immediate treatment is often the key to preserving your oral well-being and preventing potential issues from developing or worsening so don't hesitate to get in touch with our office in Farmington, UT. Our team is here to help you regard the beauty, function, and health of your smile, regardless of the situation.