A dental emergency is any dental issue that needs immediate care and can't wait until the next time your dental provider's office is open. Dental emergencies can include, but aren't limited to:
A dentist or periodontist who is specially trained in emergency procedures can treat many different injuries that are more severe than what would normally be seen in a general dentistry practice. In some cases, minor surgical procedures can also be performed to help restore the integrity of the structure of the mouth.
While specially trained dental professionals can handle many oral health emergencies, there are many situations in which a visit to an emergency room is necessary. A few of these include:
In most cases, your dental professional will urge you to err on the side of caution. If you're unsure of what you should do, the best place to go first is the emergency room. It's much easier and safer to provide more than enough care than to cause irreparable damage by not providing enough.
A dental professional who practices general dentistry is quite qualified to care for many dental emergencies. In some cases, however, a periodontist or endodontist is needed due to their extensive training in how the mouth functions and the many complex techniques and procedures used to correct severe abnormalities.
Talk to your primary dental provider and find out their level of training. Many dentists who are in practice today have pursued additional training that makes them well qualified to handle many different types of emergencies. The dental providers at Renton Dental Professionals specialize in many levels of dental care, ranging from regular cleanings to various types of oral surgery.
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