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When To Seek Emergency Dental Care

Serious issues that need immediate attention include infection and ongoing bleeding. Certain traumas, especially those that involve facial bones, also require immediate treatment, as they can cut off the airway and restrict breathing. Seeking immediate dental attention for these issues can prevent trips to the ER at the hospital. Here are some other situations that might require prompt attention:

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Pulpal inflammation

This is inflammation of the pulp, which refers to the tissue, blood supply, and nerves found in the middle of a tooth.

Tooth fracture

A fractured tooth can occur from an acute injury or from biting something hard. A fracture may be easy to spot if it is an obvious break.

Dry Socket

It occurs when a blood clot becomes dislodged or does not form properly, which exposes the bones and nerves in the gums.


Common signs include swelling, red gums, pain, and pockets of pus. An infection may also result in a fever.

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Emergency Dental Care

When someone is suffering from severe pain or other serious dental issues, emergency dental care may be needed. Although many people experiencing oral issues can wait to schedule a regular appointment with their dentist, some situations require immediate treatment. Emergency dental care is necessary in certain acute situations and can stop severe pain, prevent chronic issues, and even save an individual’s life.
Emergency dental care is available at Thunderbird Dental Studio in Peoria and the surrounding area. It may be difficult to understand what constitutes an emergency when it comes to dental problems. However, there are certain signs that indicate when someone should pursue more immediate care.
Ignoring a dental issue can have long-term consequences and can affect other teeth, the gums, or the underlying jaw bone. Knowing when a regular or emergency visit should be made can help control the problem more efficiently.

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FAQ's About Emergency Dental Care

  • What are the main goals of emergency dental care?

    In general, there are three main goals for immediate treatment. One is to relieve pain. Another is to save any teeth in danger, and the third goal is to stop or prevent infection.

  • Why is a dental infection considered an emergency?

    Untreated infection can quickly result in serious problems. An oral infection requires immediate dental care because the infection can spread to other areas of the body. Swelling, pain, nausea, fever, and pockets of pus indicate that emergency care is required right away.

  • Is a cut inside the mouth an emergency?

    A cut may or may not need emergency attention. The area should be cleaned, and the bleeding should stop with gauze and pressure. However, if the cut is large and the bleeding does not stop, the person may need emergency dental care.

  • If a temporary restoration falls off, do I need emergency dental care?

    It depends on how it happened. Denture adhesive may be used to fit the restoration back in place until a regular appointment is made. However, if trauma caused it to fall out and there is pain and bleeding, it is an emergency.

  • Will a patient still need to make a regular appointment?

    Emergency dentists do everything they can to fix an acute situation. However, along with emergency dental care, the patient will probably need to make a regular appointment for additional treatment. Even if additional procedures are not necessary, a follow-up dental appointment is usually required.

  • How do emergency dental care costs compare?

    Unfortunately, in almost all instances, emergency dental visits are more expensive than regular visits. However, how much more depends on the dentist you visit and the treatment necessary. That said, you should not let cost deter you from seeking immediate care.

  • Does insurance cover a visit to the emergency dentist?

    If you have dental coverage, it may cover the cost of emergency dentistry. However, you should review your policy or talk to your provider to get an accurate answer. Dental insurance does not cover visits to the ER.