In Need of Emergency Dental Care?
You should have an after-hours phone number for your dentist, which may or may not be the same as the regular office number. If you find yourself in a situation where you may need emergency dentist in Albuquerque, the best thing to do is to call that number and at least get a message to your dentist. Then when your dentist or someone from the dental office calls you back, you can discuss your situation and receive guidance on how to proceed. It may well turn out to be something that can wait until regular hours. If not, some dentists provide care after hours in the case of an emergency; otherwise you will be directed to go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.
But let’s say you’re unable to communicate with your dentist and have to make an immediate decision about whether to go to an emergency room. Remember, an emergency room visit will cost you money, maybe quite a lot, even if you have insurance, so you don’t want to overreact and go to the emergency room unnecessarily. On the other hand, obviously you don’t want to neglect something that truly does need immediate attention.
Some things that may seem like emergencies really don’t warrant a trip to the emergency room. If you have a tooth knocked out, chipped, cracked, broken, etc., there’s typically no reason to go to an emergency room rather than just waiting to see your dentist the next day or the next time the office is open.
The exception would be if you have excessive bleeding that you cannot get to stop, or if somehow your airway is blocked and you are experiencing difficulty breathing. If your main concern is pain, you’re better off taking aspirin or ibuprofen or some other over-the-counter painkiller; chances are that’s what they’d give you in the emergency room anyway.
So in that case, when would you go to the emergency room?
The things you want to have checked immediately are infections, abscesses, or serious trauma to the face and mouth.
Infections and abscesses can cause serious damage if you delay getting treatment for them. For one thing, they can cause significant swelling, and when you have major swelling in and around the mouth, that can impair your breathing.
If you have been in a car accident, been a victim of some form of battery, or otherwise been seriously injured around your mouth and teeth, you need to go to the emergency room. A cut or laceration in or around the mouth, a dislocated jaw, or other significant injury should be dealt with immediately.
If you are still not certain if your situation constitutes a dental emergency or not, you should call 911 and have paramedics come to you to check you out. They will be able to offer an informed opinion about whether you need treatment at an emergency room.
Please call our office at (505) 208-0505 for more information. They will be able to provide an after-hours phone for your emergency dentist in Albuquerque, should the unexpected occur.