Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Hometown Dental -  - General & Cosmetic Dentistry

Hometown Dental

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Yukon, OK

Dental emergencies can occur at any time, and often when you least expect it. Knowing where to turn can help you get the care you need, which is why James Brunson, DDS, Golnaz Naghdi, DDS, and Jennifer Holman, RDH, of Hometown Dental in Yukon, Oklahoma, offer emergency dentistry services. If you or a loved one is in need of urgent dental care, call the office to determine the next steps. Online booking is also an option for less urgent care needs.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is an area of dental practice focused on addressing acute dental care needs. It’s a service that can help restore optimal dental health after a traumatic injury, decay, or infection.

Knowing where to turn in the event of a dental emergency can make a world of difference in how the matter is resolved. 

When you entrust your care to the team at Hometown Dental, you will receive emergency dental services in a treatment environment that is familiar to you, and from practitioners you know and trust. 

What are some needs that can be met through emergency dentistry?

Being aware of the symptoms of a dental emergency can help you know when to seek treatment. Some of the conditions that should prompt a visit for emergency dental care include:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Severed dental pain
  • Traumatic injury to your tongue, gums, lips, or other soft tissues
  • Swelling or other signs of infection
  • Object lodged in your gums or between your teeth
  • Abscess

The best way to think about whether your condition counts as a dental emergency is to think about the timing for treatment. If you are not in pain and the matter can wait to be seen during a normal dental exam, you might not need emergency care. 

However, if you are in severe pain and cannot wait for a normal appointment, emergency dentistry is probably the right option. 

What can I do to prevent a dental emergency?

There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of a dental emergency. However, it’s important to note that no degree of protection can prevent all types of emergencies.  

If you or a loved one engages in contact sports or exercise routines that carry a risk of falling or collision, wearing a mouthguard is a great way to protect your teeth from harm. There are different types of guards for different activities, so be sure to find the right fit for your needs. 

If you grind your teeth at night, a night guard can protect your teeth from excess wear. This reduces the risk of worn down teeth or cracks and chips that can lead to an emergency situation.

Routine dental exams are a great way to prevent advanced decay or gum disease. During each visit your Hometown Dental practitioner checks for signs of concern, and can begin treatment in the earliest possible stages, before the situation reaches an emergency level. 

If you’re unsure how to respond to an urgent dental need, call the office to explain the circumstances and learn what to do next. Online booking is always an option for less time-sensitive dental care needs.