Handling A Dental Emergency: Visit A Walk-In Dentist
Most clinics and medical practitioners expect you to take an appointment before showing up for treatment. However, life does not give us warning signs before a crisis situation hits! Thankfully, there are people and institutions that help in such situations. If you ever have a dental emergency at a time when your regular dentist is not available, do not panic. Just walk-in to an emergency dentist’s clinic, also known as a walk-in dentist clinic.
What to expect at a walk-in dentist’s clinic
Walk-in dentists treat dental emergencies, be it a toothache or a broken tooth. You can rest assured that you will receive as good a treatment as you would if you had booked an appointment.
Most emergency dentists also accept dental insurance, so you need not delay your treatment due to these concerns. After all, delaying treatment of any dental emergency will only complicate it further and cause more damage.
Simply put, in case of a dental emergency, see an emergency or walk-in dentist as soon as possible!
Benefits of visiting a walk-in dentist:
- Getting help without delay.
- Preventing the situation from getting worse.
- No need to suffer pain.
- Guidance on how to avoid such emergencies in the future, and what to do in case of such a crisis.
Dental emergencies that can be handled by walk-in dentists
- Toothache due to tooth decay, exposed root, gum diseases, chewing muscle spasms, etc.
- Infection in the dental pulp, causing severe toothache, and requiring a root canal treatment.
- Problematic wisdom teeth requiring emergency extraction.
- Painful, pus-filled dental abscess that requires draining and medication.
- Cuts and bleeding in soft tissues like cheek, lip, tongue, etc.
- Damaged or broken tooth resulting from bad falls or accidents.
- Crowns coming off due to an accident or chewing a hard or sticky object.
The above are only some of the emergencies handled by walk-in dentists. Usually, they are full service dentists capable of providing any required treatment.
Tips for handling dental emergencies:
While you should visit a walk-in dentist as soon as possible in case of an emergency, there are a few things you can do beforehand:
- In case of a toothache, rinse your mouth with mild saline water, and use dental floss in case you feel there is food lodged in between your teeth.
- If your teeth or gums are swollen, use a cold compress to the cheek. It will reduce the swelling and relieve pain.
- In case of a broken tooth and bleeding, rinse your mouth, and apply pressure with a piece of gauze for 10-15 minutes. This should stop the bleeding. You can also use a cold compress to relieve pain. Also, save the broken tooth pieces, and take it to an emergency dentist immediately.
- In case of a cut in the soft tissues, use gauze to stop bleeding while rushing to the dentist. If you do not have gauze at home, use a tea bag.
Whatever you do, understand that these tips are only temporary solutions to ease your pain, until you see a professional. A walk-in dentist will be able to immediately address your problem, and will offer long-lasting solutions.