Emergency Dental Care

Compassionate Dental Care When You Need it the Most

Life is unpredictable. Emergencies are never planned. While most hospitals give emergency care, we are glad to be at your service for emergency dental care. You have a dentist you can trust when the unexpected happens and you need emergency dental care.

Emergencies can happen at any time. We are here to assist you when you need us the most. We understand your need for a dentist who is available during emergencies.

At Smilebar by the Matthews Dentist, we:

  • Open early
  • Close late
  • Open on weekends

We also take walk-ins. This means that you should not have to wait too long to see Dr. Monica Patel in case of an emergency. Our extended hours on weeknights and weekends make it possible for us to accommodate emergency treatment on the same day that you contact us. Do not hesitate to call us at our practice. We are here to help you.

When Do I Know I Need Emergency Dental Care?

Any trauma to the mouth that causes gum bleeding and or dislodges or fractures teeth would be reasons to come in for emergency dental care. Sometimes, a dental emergency is obvious, and sometimes you are unaware of its severity. If you knock out a tooth or have a deep cut, you often instinctively know you have an emergency. Other times, however, it might not be as clear. It is essential to understand what dental conditions are considered an emergency. Following are some common dental emergencies.

Abscess

Broken Tooth

An abscess occurs when you get a small pocket filled with infected liquid. It is a build-up of pus that forms inside the tooth or gums. It comes from a bacterial infection that has accumulated in the soft pulp of the tooth. This infection is not only uncomfortable but can be highly dangerous. There are three types of abscesses:

  • Gingival abscess affecting only the gum tissue.
  • Periodontal abscess that starts in the supporting bone tissue structures of the teeth.
  • Periapical abscess that originates in the soft pulp of the tooth. If you notice an abscess growing around your tooth, come in right away.

Occasionally patients consider a broken tooth nothing more than an inconvenience and an eyesore. However, a break in your tooth could damage it further and become infected. A broken tooth can compromise the health of the tooth and lead to needing a root canal treatment, or the complete loss of your tooth. There are five types of broken tooth:

  • Craze lines are super-small cracks in the tooth enamel. This kind of tooth crack does not require treatment.
  • Fractured cusp occurs around a dental filling and does not affect the pulp of the tooth.
  • In cracks that extend into the gum line the tooth can be saved if it has not reached the gum line. Once the crack reaches the gum line, the tooth must be extracted.
  • A split tooth is a tooth with a crack from its surface to below the gum line.
  • A vertical root fracture begins below the gum line and travels upward. In this case, the tooth will have to be extracted.

If you have a break or crack in your tooth, see us as soon as you can. We will help you determine whether it is severe or if the tooth can be saved.

Severe Toothaches

A severe toothache is a sharp or dull pain in or around the tooth. In most cases a toothache is caused by a dental cavity as a result of tooth decay. It can also be caused by something worse like gum disease, an injury or abscess. It can be a sign of a hairline fracture in your tooth. A toothache can also be caused by something other than problems with the tooth, such as a sinus issue or another illness. Consult with your dentist to confirm what is causing your toothache.

Additional Conditions Requiring Emergency Dental Care

Dental trauma – This refers to an injury of the tissues in the oral cavity or face. It includes the teeth and surrounding tissues, tongue, lips and cheeks. A dental trauma includes:

    • An enamel or crown infraction that is a partial crack to the enamel with no loss of the tooth.
    • An enamel fracture that causes part of the surface of the tooth to be lost.
    • A root fracture which involves the fracture of cementum, dentin, and pulp and requires a tooth extraction.

Restorative Emergency – This includes lost or broken fillings, broken crowns, dentures, and broken or loose implants. If you face any such problems, call us or visit Smilebar by the Matthews Dentist. We will accommodate you right away.

At Smilebar by the Matthews Dentist, your dentist will help you with any dental emergency.

Reliable, Dependable, and Ready to Help!

At Smilebar by the Matthews Dentist, we are ready to be your emergency dentist. There is no reason to remain feeling uncomfortable any longer than necessary. We have convenient hours and can often see you on the same day of your emergency. Call or come by!