You are responsible about your oral health. You brush twice a day, floss most nights, and see your dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning. You even eat a reasonably healthy diet. However, an active lifestyle, accident, or simply the passage of time can lead to a dental emergency. When an urgent situation does occur, patients in the Phoenix area trust the emergency dental care team at Biltmore Dental Center to get them smiling again.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is different from other medical emergencies in that it is rarely a life-threatening situation. However, a dental emergency can cause acute pain or present difficulty sleeping, eating, or speaking.
Typically, a dental emergency falls into one of three categories:
- Trauma. A sports injury, fall, fight, or automobile accident can damage a tooth, soft tissues, or supporting structures of the mouth. Trauma can also be cause by biting into a hard object.
- Toothache. You wake with throbbing pain, or develop a noticeable swelling on your cheek or inside your mouth. It may be simple pulpitis (tooth decay that reaches the pulp), or a full-blown abscess.
- Loss of a dental restoration. A filling, crown, bridge, or orthodontic appliance may come loose or fall out. This can be the result of a gradual problem that went unnoticed, or it may be related to trauma.
In much more rare cases, severe periodontitis, an oral cyst or lesion, an aggressive TMJ disorder, or neuropathy induced by chemotherapy can result in dental emergencies.
A frightening experience
Some people will never have a dental emergency, and most will only have this stressful occurrence a few times throughout their lives. When it does happen, it is scary. You are in discomfort and you may not know the cause. You are worried about time away from your regular obligations, what treatment is going to cost, and what outcome to expect. Most of all, you are concerned about how to get relief fast.
A soothing touch
The only good emergencies are the ones that don’t occur. Dr. Sameet Koppikar focuses on helping patients prevent oral problems. When an urgent situation does occur, though, he acts quickly and compassionately to alleviate your physical and emotional distress.
You get fast phone advice, pain-relieving medication if necessary, and prompt treatment. You receive calming, personal attention and straight answers to help you through. The Biltmore Dental Center emergency care team believes this is the level of professionalism and kindness every patient deserves.
Dental emergency, but if you do, you can count on us. Call (602) 954-8200 to become a Biltmore Dental Center patient.