At some point in your life, regardless of how well you have practiced great dental hygiene, you will have an issue requiring an extra trip to the dentist. Maybe you’ve had an accident causing trauma to your mouth or maybe it’s one of any number of naturally occurring dental issues that will occur over the course of time. If there is swelling, any leakage, unmanageable pain, or excess discomfort, you will need to see someone as soon as possible. But, what if it happens after regular office hours? Fortunately, there are resources available that will provide some temporary relief until you are able to see your dentist.
Call your dentist.
Call your dentist immediately if something happens that needs urgent attention even if it’s after regular office hours. They will, more than likely, have an answering machine or service. An answering service may be able to contact your dentist so that they can call you back and, in some instances, prescribe something over the phone to help until you are able to visit the office. An answering machine may be able to refer you to an immediate care center near you.
Check online for immediate care dental centers in your area.
The internet is your best resource for finding an immediate care clinic that can handle your dental emergency. You will be able to quickly see if there are any clinics near you that are available to handle your emergency. Unfortunately, emergency dental clinics aren’t readily available in some areas.
When should you consider going to the hospital?
Your dentist may instruct you to go to an emergency room depending on the severity of your issue. If you aren’t able to speak to your dentist and there isn’t an immediate care center near you, you’ll need to decide whether or not to go to a hospital. If you are in severe pain, a medical doctor will be able to help ease the pain until you are able to see your dentist. If you have experienced trauma to your teeth, jaw, gums, or lower face, you should probably go to a hospital for immediate care if the injury is causing you a great deal of discomfort. Any bleeding, excess swelling, or leakage resulting from either trauma or a dental issue may require immediate care, as well. Most importantly, if you have difficulty breathing or swallowing, you should be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. Keep in mind, a hospital is not equipped to perform dental procedures. But, they may be able to help ease any pain as well as diagnose and treat any related trauma issues.
Follow up with your dentist.
After your immediate emergency has been treated, you will want to see your dentist as soon as possible. They will want to evaluate any services that you received as well as fully diagnose the dental emergency and provide their expertise on any possible restorative needs as well as any further treatment.