Dental Emergency

Dental Emergency Specialist
A dental emergency is something that occurs after regular business hours but doesn't necessarily constitute a trip to the emergency room. If you live in the Renton, Washington, area and believe you have a dental emergency, call or visit Renton Dental Professionals as soon as possible to find out what they can do to alleviate your pain and restore your smile.

Dental Emergency Q & A

What constitutes a dental emergency?

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:

  • Teeth that are knocked out
  • Teeth that are broken or chipped
  • Soft tissue damage to the tongue or gums
  • Acute infection or an abscess that's extremely painful

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.

When should you go to the emergency room?

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:

  • A broken jaw or cheekbone
  • Uncontrollable bleeding of the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Damage to multiple teeth that results in extensive damage to the jaw
  • Objects that are impaled in the soft tissues
  • Puncture wounds

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.

Who can provide emergency dental care?

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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