If you have thought, I need an emergency dentist near me, you have already taken the first step toward getting the care you need. Most people do not consider an emergency dentist until they wake up with a sudden toothache or chip a tooth during a weekend softball game. Once the discomfort starts or the damage has been done, it is difficult to think clearly, and most people end up visiting the emergency room as a result. While they can help to stop the bleeding or give you pain medication, they are not trained in how to treat or restore teeth we are. As such, we highly recommend you add our phone number to your contacts and call us in an emergency situation.
We are available to treat you outside normal business hours, so you do not need to live with discomfort. This can help you to get past your situation and back to your normal routine in a hurry. While we welcome your calls, we also want to encourage you to take steps to avoid an emergency in the first place. While most people think of our services after a major, traumatic event like a car wreck, we have found that routine activities are often what lead to a dental emergency. With that in mind, here are a few habits you should avoid.
Opening things with your teeth. We have gotten many calls from people saying, "I need an emergency dentist near me to treat my chipped tooth." Many of these calls come after someone tried to open a bag with their teeth. While your teeth are strong, they have been designed to chew food. You can prevent discomfort and save yourself time by grabbing scissors instead.
Not wearing a mouthguard. Many teeth are damaged while playing sports. A mouthguard is the only real way to protect them, because the guard acts like a barrier, keeping your teeth in place and protected. Otherwise, a flying elbow or runaway ball could knock out an unsuspecting tooth.
Grinding your teeth. This can create the need for an emergency dentist for several reasons. Grinding can cause your natural teeth and restorations to become cracked or chipped. It can also lead to TMJ symptoms like a sore jaw. If you wake up with headaches or jaw and face pain and do not treat the condition, you could wake up unable to open your mouth at all. This will not happen right away, but over time, it is possible. We recommend wearing a night guard to prevent grinding and avoid this possibility.
Chewing on ice. If you have ever bitten down on ice and felt immediate pain, you could have chipped your tooth or worn away the enamel on them. Ice is hard and dangerous for your teeth. Many people have called saying, "I need an emergency dentist near me," after cracking a tooth. This routine activity needs to be avoided.
Regardless of why your tooth hurts or becomes damaged, we can solve the problem and help you to feel better again.