Urgent Care Q & A
What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?
Some people have a hard time deciding what qualifies as a dental emergency. While every situation can be unique, the most common dental emergencies may include:
- A chipped or knocked-out tooth
- Crown falling off
- Broken filling, bridge, or denture
- Facial swelling
- Abscessed tooth
- Severe pain
When seeking help for a dental emergency, remember that Dr. Shantzer and the Richboro Dental Excellence staff will be best able to help if they have all the pertinent information. Be sure to give as much detail as possible about how the emergency occurred when calling in for help. It is also helpful if you have a list of current medications on hand. If Dr. Shantzer needs to administer or prescribe medication, all potential interactions will need to be checked ahead of time.
What to do During a Dental Emergency
Dr. Shantzer and the Richboro Dental Excellence team are there to help in urgent care dental situations, as well as regular checkups and dental procedures. The most important thing in a dental emergency is fast action. As soon as any dental emergency occurs, call Richboro Dental Excellence for help. If the emergency happens during office hours, we can typically work you into the schedule quickly. The more advanced notice that you give, the better prepared the staff can be for your urgent care dental emergency. Even if your dental emergency occurs after office hours, call Richboro Dental Excellence. The office message has an emergency phone number that you can use to get in touch with Dr. Shantzer, and he will do everything possible to help.
What Can Happen if an Urgent Care Situation Is Ignored?
If Dr. Shantzer is not available during your dental emergency, don't give up. You may need to consider a trip to the emergency room at the closest hospital, or even calling 911 if the situation is serious enough. For example, a severe infection in your tooth could potentially cause severe swelling that closes off your airways, and therefore your ability to breathe freely. If a tooth has knocked loose, there is only a narrow window of time to save that tooth, so time is of the essence.