Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common. The more quickly you seek treatment, the more easily they can be resolved. Dr. Rick Root allots extra time in his daily schedule to allow time to address emergency cases. Even if you’re not already one of our patients, we’ll be glad to help you today, during office hours. For our established patients of record, we provide 24/7 emergency service.
Our Emergency Approach
Dr. Root’s first priority will be to diagnose your trouble, so he can alleviate your pain as quickly as possible. Once he has accomplished that, he will discuss your treatment options with you, and the two of you can decide on a long-term solution.
Reasons to Seek Immediate Help
The causes of dental emergencies are as varied as the patients who experience them. Accidents and injuries can chip, crack, break, and dislodge teeth. Crowns can fall off and fillings can fall out. And sometimes something as simple as a raspberry seed lodged between the teeth can cause a dental emergency. Some are accompanied by pain, but many are not. Whether or not you have pain, it is better to have a tooth attended to sooner rather than later, because early treatment can often prevent the need for more expensive or complex approaches.
If You Have Put Off Treatment
Sometimes dental fear can lead to neglect, leaving patients vulnerable to infections. When the pulp or connective tissue inside a tooth becomes infected or inflamed, it will send pain signals to the brain. Some people feel they just have to endure this pain, rather than be faced with possible root canal treatment. But there may be a much simpler solution. And even if you were to need root canal therapy, there is no longer any reason to fear this remedy because modern methods and technology have made it easy and relatively painless. In any case, Dr. Root will not perform a root canal during an emergency appointment. He will instead relieve your pain and anxiety and discuss your options with you.
Finally, if a tooth has been knocked out, try to come in immediately. If it can be replanted within a half hour, it can often be possible to save the tooth. Place the tooth in a moist (not dripping wet) towel or in milk and come in right away.
Whether your dental emergency is large or small, don’t hesitate to call our office.