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What’s Considered a Dental Emergency?

Dec 01, 2022
What’s Considered a Dental Emergency?
You’ve experienced an injury to your teeth and mouth. Now what? Do you need to get in right away to see a dentist, or can you wait for a regular appointment? We answer those questions here.

Emergency dentistry is a necessary service for any type of facial or dental trauma, and it’s most commonly used after motor collisions or contact injuries. But outside of that, what qualifies for an emergency trip to the dentist?

It can sometimes be hard to know what’s emergent and what can wait a few days. Tamir Segal, DMD, and our team at Periodontist of Weston want you to know what deserves an urgent trip to our office.

Understanding emergency dentistry

Emergency dentistry is comparable to a visit to urgent care but for dental needs. Our office is always available to quickly schedule an emergency visit with Dr. Segal in order to make sure you get the best care possible. It’s especially important to call on an experienced oral surgeon like Dr. Segal in an emergency situation.

What is a dental emergency?

Dr. Segal specializes in any type of dental work that involves your face, teeth, or mouth. Make sure and come in as quickly as you can if you experience any of the following issues:

  • External lacerations to your cheek, jaw, or lip
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Jaw, nose, cheek, or eye socket fractures
  • Lacerations to the inside of your mouth

No matter the reason behind your dental trauma — whether it’s an auto accident, fall, or injury — Dr. Segal is ready and qualified to give you the care you need.

What to expect from an emergency dentistry visit

Depending on what your injury is and the severity of it, Dr. Segal’s treatment methods vary. Here are some of our options:

  • Stabilizing or re-implanting a loose or missing tooth
  • Using dental implants to replace multiple missing teeth
  • Disinfecting, treating, and stitching up lacerations
  • Treating any facial nerve damage
  • Repairing any damage to salivary glands 
  • Placing plates and screws to save and stabilize facial features

Dr. Segal is careful to maintain the integrity of your facial appearance and structure when he performs any necessary procedures, including surgical ones. He makes minimal incisions and places stitches in discrete areas in order to minimize scarring.

If you’ve found yourself with a dental or facial injury and have lacerations, missing teeth, or any facial fractures, it’s definitely considered an emergency, and we encourage you to visit our office as quickly as you’re able.

When you have a dental emergency, call our office located in Weston, Florida, at 954-385-9599 so our staff can get you the help and care you need right away.