Most Americans will experience a dental emergency of some sort in their lifetime. Finding a reputable emergency dentist ahead of time can dramatically reduce the stress and anxiety associated with a pressing dental issue.
Most Americans will experience a dental emergency of some sort in their lifetime. For parents with young children, finding a reputable emergency dentist in Anderson, SC can dramatically reduce the stress and anxiety associated with a pressing dental issue.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is classified as an instance where damage has occurred to the teeth or jaw which requires immediate professional attention. The dental experts at Carolina Oaks Dental Care in Anderson, SC can help you identify if the issue you are experiencing classifies as a dental emergency. Below are a few common dental problems which are often classified as an emergency:
- Toothaches. Patients may experience toothaches for a variety of reasons, which can include a tooth fracture, tooth decay, trauma due to an injury, gum disease, or issues relating to wisdom teeth.
- Dental avulsion. Avulsed, or knocked out teeth are common dental emergencies that we see here at our dental clinic. The appropriate course of action will usually depend on whether or not the avulsed tooth is a deciduous “baby” tooth or a “permanent” adult tooth.
- Impacted wisdom teeth. Often, as the wisdom teeth begin to emerge, they do not have enough space to erupt properly, causing them to push on the surrounding teeth and gums. Acting swiftly in this situation is essential, because if left untreated, the wisdom teeth may damage surrounding teeth.
- Dental intrusion. A dental intrusion is when a dental trauma, such as an injury or accident, pushes one or more teeth up into the jawbone. In many cases, this trauma will cause damage to the surrounding tooth ligament and socket, and a root canal procedure is required to save the teeth.
“Peak” Times for Dental Emergencies
There are two ‘peak’ times when a patient is the most likely to experience a dental emergency, which include:
- Toddler age. Children aged 18-40 months may chip, break, or otherwise damage their teeth while crawling, walking, falling, or biting on objects that are not meant to be chewed on.
- Teenage years. Teens and pre-teens are often at risk of a dental emergency resulting from a sports-related injury, which is why we strongly suggest that children who play sports always wear a mouth guard while on the field or the ice.
We’re Here to Help
Ask the emergency dental experts in Anderson, SC about how we can help you navigate stressful dental emergencies.
Time is of the essence when it comes to treating a dental emergency, which means it is essential to have a backup plan when it comes to emergencies which may occur outside of regular office hours. Take the time to speak to your dentist and receptionist about how your family can plan to handle any time-sensitive dental issues if, and when they arise.