Emergency Dentistry

Most Americans will experience a dental emergency of some sort in their lifetime. Finding a reputable emergency dentist ahead of time can dramatically reduce the stress and anxiety associated with a pressing dental issue.

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Dental emergencies are common dental services, especially for young children. In fact, one out of three children will experience some form of dental trauma during their childhood.

The two “peak” times when people need emergency dental surgery are as toddlers (18 to 40 months), and during the adolescent and preadolescent period. For small children, it is easy to damage their teeth as they begin to explore and interact with their environments, and as children age, they may experience a dental emergency resulting from a sports-related injury.

Types of Dental Emergencies

Below are some of the most common kinds of dental emergencies that we offer solutions for our patients:

Toothache

Toothaches are common issues, especially during childhood, and can be caused by a variety of issues including:

  • Tooth fractures
  • Impacted food
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth trauma
  • Wisdom teeth eruption (preadolescence and adolescence)

Impacted food can usually be removed with a finger or a toothbrush, but any other issues should be addressed by a trusted dentist. If you’re looking for an emergency dentist in Greenville, SC, make sure to contact our dental clinic as soon as possible.

Dental Avulsion

Dental avulsion, or a knocked-out tooth, is another common dental emergency.  The course of action that your dentist will take depends on whether the tooth in question is a deciduous (baby) tooth or a permanent tooth.

In most cases, your dentist will not attempt to re-implant an avulsed baby tooth because the re-implementation procedure risks causing damage to the permanent tooth below the gum.

However, if the avulsed tooth is an “adult” permanent tooth, then the dentist may try to re-implant the tooth unless the trauma has caused irreparable damage to the tooth and surrounding tissue.

Dental Intrusion

Dental intrusion occurs when one or more teeth are pushed up into the jawbone as a result of dental trauma. If the teeth have been pushed in less than 3mm, then your dentist should be able to solve the issue, but if the force was strong enough to cause damage to the socket and tooth ligament, then root canal therapy may be necessary.