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Emergency DentistMetairie, LA

An emergency dentist can provide prompt dental care after a patient experiences an injury or complication that presents a serious concern to one’s appearance or oral health. Here at our dentist office, we offer a variety of emergency dentistry procedures to help patients receive the care they need in a timely manner.

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After suffering an injury to the mouth that causes damage to the teeth or the supporting structures of teeth, or experiencing an oral health concern, it can be stressful and painful. During this time, waiting days to see the dentist is not an option, and an emergency dentist is needed to effectively and efficiently treat the concern.

What is an emergency dentist?

An emergency dentist is a dental professional who is willing and able to treat patients who experience unexpected concerns to their oral health and need prompt treatment. A dental emergency is a fairly broad term, and it can include anything from severe tooth sensitivity to a knocked out tooth and severe bleeding inside the mouth.

It is important to seek dental care after an unexpected incident that threatens one's oral health or causes severe tooth pain or sensitivity to ensure that the problem does not worsen or linger. A skilled emergency dentist is able to assess and diagnose the exact concern, provide treatment for the issue and help the patient prevent the problem from showing up again, all in a timely manner without a long wait to receive treatment. Not every dentist is able to deal with emergency situations, and it is important to know who to visit in the event that an emergency arises.

Here at our dentist office, we take great pride in being able to effectively and efficiently treat patients who are in need of immediate care. We work to minimize the pain and anxiety that patients may experience after an emergency and restore their oral health as quickly as possible.

When is an emergency dentist needed?

The best way to deal with a dental emergency is to avoid it from happening in the first place. However, we realize that this is not always possible, accidents happen and oral health concerns develop rapidly in some instances, regardless of the precautions taken to prevent them. Since dental emergencies happen and cannot entirely be prevented, it is important to know when it is time to visit the emergency dentist for treatment. While a minor concern - such as mild tooth sensitivity - likely does not require prompt care and can wait several days for treatment, more concerning symptoms should be treated by an emergency dentist. Here are several signs that a dental concern needs to be treated by an emergency dentist:

  • Severe tooth damage
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity
  • Severely swollen gums
  • Severe bleeding in the mouth
  • Dental abscesses that worsen
  • A tooth or crown falling out

  • Of course, emergency dental needs are not limited to this list, and anytime there is severe pain or the chance that an oral concern worsens if prompt care is not provided, the situation should be treated with a sense of urgency. Here at our dentist office, we are ready and well-equipped to deal with the aforementioned dental emergencies, in addition to a wide variety of other emergency oral care needs as well.

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    What treatments can an emergency dentist perform?

    Each patient is completely unique, and the exact treatment needed varies for each individual who comes through our doors. Here at our dentist office, we recognize the uniqueness of each one of our patients by being well-equipped and ready to perform a wide variety of emergency dental treatments, including but not limited to the following:

  • Cracked tooth treatment
  • Toothache relief
  • Tooth replacement
  • Treatment for damaged gums

  • In the event that a patient suffers a cracked or chipped tooth, we may perform a dental filling as treatment. In many instances, a dental crown may be used depending on the severity of the issue. For patients who come in for a severe toothache, a root canal or tooth extraction may be needed, although some cases may be as simple as providing the patient with pain relief medication or a dental filling.

    Another major issue we often come across is when patients lose a tooth and need to have it replaced in a timely fashion. Here at our dentist office, we have a variety of treatment options available for individuals who are missing teeth, including dental implants. Regardless of the exact issue, we are able to treat essentially any dental emergency that does not pose a threat to one’s general health.

    How to prevent the need for an emergency dentist

    While it is our goal as emergency dentists to help every patient in need of prompt care, we hope to help our patients never need our emergency dentist services ever again. Of course, there are times when preventing an emergency is not possible, and there is only so much one can do to prevent a serious issue from occurring. However, there are certain things every patient can do to minimize the risk of a dental emergency, including the following:

  • Wear a mouthguard
  • Avoid hard chewing
  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Visit the dentist regularly

  • Dental emergencies in the form of a mouth injury are the hardest to prevent, especially for those who play a sport or are physically active. However, wearing a mouthguard during activity when a blow to the mouth - either by a ball or another person - can help keep your teeth and gums safe from injury. In addition, practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly can help prevent the need for emergency treatment due to an infection or gum complication.

    Consult with us

    If you are in need of dental treatment that cannot wait, consult with us and schedule a time to come in for treatment to ensure that the pain does not worsen or linger for longer than necessary. Our team of emergency dentists is able to provide effective and efficient care for a wide variety of dental emergencies, including the ones listed above.

    When a dental emergency is left untreated, the risk of the problem worsening and causing other, more concerning dental issues becomes greater. To ensure that the issue is dealt with properly, be sure to seek treatment with us after suffering an injury or if you are concerned in any manner that calls for emergency dental treatment.