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Critical Circumstances: What to Expect from Your Emergency Dental Appointment

January 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — meadvindentalteam @ 7:19 pm
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Try though you might, it’s impossible to predict when a dental emergency might occur. Whether you developed an unrelenting toothache or had an accident that broke a tooth, it’s important to get the right help as soon as possible. Oral issues typically don’t take care of themselves, and your pearly white is at risk until you can see an expert.

That said, it’s difficult to think clearly if you’re in pain or flustered during an urgent situation, and you may be feeling anxious about what comes next. That’s why your dentist has put together this helpful information about what to expect from your emergency appointment. Keep reading to learn more!

Step #1: Contact Your Dentist

The first thing you should do if something has happened to your teeth is give your dentist a call. You don’t want to wait to contact them because depending on what happened, your condition could progress in the meantime. When you reach out, they’ll ask about what happened and suggest an appropriate course of action, including how to care for your mouth until you arrive. Then, they’ll book a time for you to come in for an assessment. If they deem it necessary, they’ll schedule you for a same-day appointment, so you don’t have to wait for relief.

Step #2: Arrive for Your Appointment

If your dentist gave you special instructions to follow until your scheduled time, it’s important to follow them in detail to avoid potential complications. Then, when you arrive, you can expect an oral examination which may also include imaging or X-rays. If you’re in a lot of pain or feel overly anxious, they may also provide medications to provide relief or keep you calm. Once the issue or underlying cause has been accurately identified, your dentist can suggest possible treatment plans.

Step #3: Decide on a Solution

It’s important that you fully understand your condition to make an informed decision with your dentist about the best way to fix it. Feel free to ask them questions about what they discovered during your examination as well as inquire about the possible remedies. You’ll decide on the right path forward together to get your smile back on track.

Keep in mind that although your dentist will do whatever they can to help you at this time, some dental work requires multiple visits so you’ll have to return another day. If you had a severely damaged tooth that required an emergency root canal, for example, they’ll perform the procedure but then you may need a second appointment to have a dental crown placed.

Your dentist will do everything they can to help you heal quickly so you can get back to life as usual!

About the Author

Dr. Jodi B. Meadvin has more than 20 years of experience helping patients achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her AEGD certificate at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She’s an expert who provides a full range of services under one roof, including emergency dentistry. If you need to be seen right away, you’re welcome to request a same-day appointment on the website or by calling (856) 428-8822.

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