A dental emergency can totally derail your day. Whether it’s a painful cavity or a broken tooth, you may be in agony and uncertain where to turn. If you end up in an urgent care or emergency room, you’ll find the staff doesn’t quite know what to do with you. After a long wait and a big co-pay, you may end up with nothing for your trouble but pain medication and an antibiotic. These might buy you some time, but at the end of the day they will not fix your broken tooth!
At Atlanta Family Dentistry, we can almost always see emergency patients the same day or the next day. We guarantee you will be seen by one of our doctors, and that we will do everything we can to get you out of pain that day, as well as provide you with a detailed plan of how to get you feeling better in the long term.
Read on for more information about common dental emergencies, and different options we can provide to help you resolve your emergency.
Pain has a way of changing your priorities. That’s why even for patients who may otherwise put off going to the dentist, when something is hurting it’s time to make the call. We encourage all of our patients not to wait if they notice things are starting to hurt. Unfortunately, it’s just not possible to predict how or when your dental pain may get worse.
Dental pain is often caused by bacteria, and as we often tell our patients, your bacteria is as alive as you are. This means that over time, the bacteria might be:
- eating more of your tooth
- destroying more of your bones
- getting deeper and deeper into your nerves
- entering your blood, where they can cause disease to the rest of your body
The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can remove the bacteria causing your pain and save more of your natural teeth and bones.
For most patients, pain that has a dental origin will not get better by itself. Sometimes it might temporarily go away, but then will usually come back worse than it was before. Give us a call and let our doctors help you get to the root cause of your emergency so you can get back to living your life pain-free!
Broken Filling, Broken Crown, Broken Denture
We often tell our patients that as much as we work hard to make our treatments last, we are never going to be as good as God. That is, your natural teeth and bones are almost always more durable than anything a dentist can put in your mouth. Over time, fillings may leak or break or fall out. Crowns may get loose or come off. A denture can warp or break or not fit like it used to.
Often, dental work fails because the tooth or teeth it’s built on begin to fail. If a tooth develops a cavity, it can cause a filling or crown that’s anchored to it to stop working as it should. Even though teeth and bones look hard and rigid, they are alive and always moving and changing based on the forces they are experiencing. If something starts to go wrong, anything fitted to your mouth may no longer function the way it used to.
Unlike your mouth, the work we do is not alive and cannot repair itself. If left alone, it will usually only break more. If you notice that dental work you had in the past is starting to fail, don’t wait for it to totally break: give us a call today so we can help you fix it!
Not all emergencies hurt. But we totally get that a “social” emergency can be an emergency too! Maybe you chipped a front tooth, or a visible crown or filling has fallen off and it shows when you smile. Maybe you have an unexpected social function or just want a bright smile for your interview next week. No matter the situation, we would love to help you get beautiful results in a timely manner. Give us a call today and let us help you handle your aesthetic 911!