If you have ever had one, you know a toothache can be very painful. And in some instances a toothache can be considered a dental emergency. But there may be some symptoms of a toothache that cause you to wonder whether or you should see a physician or a dentist. For instance, events like a knocked out tooth or other injury to the mouth can often be resolved quickly if you see an emergency dentist.
What exactly is an emergency dentist? Whether you realize it or not, it most likely is your very own family dentist. Many dentists offer emergency hours and on call services for dental emergencies. In our office we offer out our cell phones for emergency issues. If your dentist doesn’t offer this service, you may be able to find a clinic that specializes in emergency dentistry. These facilities are open 24 hours a day just for emergencies. Either way, you can be assured that you can find help when you need it.
Most likely, if you visit a physician for your dental emergency, he will give you medication to help you over the pain until you can see a dentist. Obviously, a dentist can prescribe pain medication just like a physician. So it may be faster and timelier if you see a dentist in the first place. If you are in pain, you probably don’t want to waste the extra time it takes to see a physician first. Obviously, if you have an injury that caused your dental emergency, make sure it is not life threatening before you choose between a physician and a dentist.
If you have a toothache, abscess, root canal problems, broken or chipped tooth, knocked out tooth, swollen gums, broken dentures, decayed tooth roots, loose crowns, lost fillings, wisdom teeth problems or pain in the mouth or gums, feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to assist you in evaluating these types of situations.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
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