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Questions an Emergency Dentist Might Ask
All too many patients have anxiety when it comes to visiting the emergency dentist, especially if they are also in great pain following an oral health concern or accident. It can be helpful to calm any nerves that may exist by understanding the type of questions an emergency dentist might ask you.
Common emergency dentist questions
Of course, the obvious question will be about what the issue is, but there are other questions an emergency dentist is likely to ask to better understand the severity of the issue. The following are four of the more common questions an emergency dentist might ask.
How much pain do you feel?
An emergency dentist is almost certain to ask a patient about the amount of pain that they feel, and it is important to know how to answer appropriately to ensure that they can treat the problem as efficiently as possible. If the issue is from a blow to the face or some other form of physical accident, then the pain level may be more severe. Comparatively, an oral health complication like swollen gums may have less painful symptoms. The pain level helps the emergency dentist understand the urgency in which she or he needs to operate to get the initial symptoms under control.
What caused the issue?
Another common question is about how the dental emergency came about, meaning what were the events that lead to the issue. A physical injury is fairly easy to describe, but it is important not to leave out any important details and give the emergency dentist as much to work with as possible. If the issue has to do more with gum complications or teeth sensitivity, then understanding what was going on before the pain developed can help shed light on any potential triggers that caused the problem.
Are any of the teeth loose?
Finding out whether or not any teeth were knocked loose or out completely is important for the emergency dentist to determine. After a dental emergency occurs, the dentist must assess the damage and determine how severe the issue is, which should include checking to see if any teeth have become loose. By already having the information on hand, the treatment process upon arrival to the emergency dentist can be much more efficient, and she or he can know exactly where to check when conducting their examination.
Is your mouth swollen or bleeding?
Many think about a dental emergency as affecting the teeth, but it is important to also examine the gums to determine the extent of the issue as well. Subsequently, emergency dentists are likely to ask the patient if they have any swelling or bleeding of the gums. If the patient has swollen gums but is coming in for sensitive teeth, the dentist may see that the patient may also have an oral infection as well. Patients who suffer bleeding gums after a physical accident may need gum treatment to solve the issue with their teeth.
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