Dental Emergencies

Most people experience one or more dental emergencies in this life, and it’s important to have a dental professional on your side just in case.

A dental emergency can mean anything from a tooth knocked out to a festering infection that’s causing you pain and threatening your oral health.

Dr. Mayur Patel and his team treat dental emergencies as soon as possible, typically on the same day. Our aim is always the same: prevent oral health problems and restore comfort.

Emergency Dentistry in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Your appointment is geared toward stabilization and relief. Generally, we can complete work on the day of service, but some treatments require you to follow up for additional treatment. If the latter happens, rest assured that we will not send you home with severe toothache and discomfort.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are many scenarios, making it difficult to imagine them all, but typically dental emergencies include one or more specific issues.

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Broken tooth or restoration
  • Lost tooth or restoration
  • Soft tissue injury

Toothaches, jaw pain, and swelling typically mean an infection or deep decay. Broken and lost teeth and restorations often call for immediate treatment to prevent infection or permanent tooth loss.

And if a tooth is knocked out, your emergency dentist in Mt. Pleasant, SC can sometimes reset the tooth into the socket. This requires minimal handling on your part and storage in a cup of saliva or water until your dental visit. If Dr. Patel cannot save your tooth, we do offer replacement options, including:

  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Dental bridges

We recommend contacting our prosthodontist office as soon as possible if you notice a toothache, swelling, or if you’ve sustained a mouth injury. However, if you’re involved in a collision or have sustained body or head trauma, we insist that you go to the emergency room and contact us after being deemed safe to do so by your doctor.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

We all have sudden accidents—tooth knocked out by a stray ball, for example—but you can lower your risks for many dental emergencies by taking a few precautions and making healthy choices.

  • Don’t skip dental exams and teeth cleanings.
  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day.
  • Talk to your dentist about a nightguard if you grind and clench your teeth.
  • Always wear a mouthguard during athletics or competitive physical games.

Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene may significantly lower your dental emergency risks. Wearing a nightguard also lowers your odds of tooth wear and sudden fracture. And mouthguards help protect you from sports-related injuries.

For Dental Emergencies, Contact a Member of Our Team Today

If you notice changes in your oral health or if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we want to hear from you as soon as possible.

We see patients from all locales, including those in Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, Goose Creek, Isle of Palms, and Ladson.