Emergency Dental Services in Orleans

We know that dental emergencies happen when you least expect them. That’s why we make urgent situations our priority, so you can feel relief as soon as possible. Your emergency dental visit will consist of two appointments, an initial exam, followed up with a second appointment for treatment. We do not guarantee same-day treatment, as the length of the appointment, and treatment cannot be determined until you are seen by the dentist in your initial exam. A treatment plan will be created, and the dentist will review your options with you to determine the most suitable way to proceed.

Young woman massaging her face because of tooth pain

What Is Considered A Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can take many different forms, but any emergency must be addressed as soon as possible to limit further consequences that would be detrimental to your oral and overall health. You might be wondering if a dental issue that you’re experiencing is an emergency or not. If you experience any of the following, then contact Affinity Dental right away for an emergency appointment.

  • Toothache which could indicate tooth decay, or infection if combined with swelling.
  • Chipped or cracked teeth that could become infected if bacteria comes in contact with the pulp of the tooth.
  • Lost tooth which can be reinserted if handled properly and addressed quickly.
  • Lost filling or dental crown which exposes the tooth pulp and puts you at risk of infection.
  • Broken orthodontics can damage cheeks and gums, and slow or even reverse the process of straightening teeth.
  • Abscess which looks like a pimple-like swollen spot in the gums can spread to surrounding teeth and gum tissue or even elsewhere in the body leading to serious infection.
  • Severe bleeding after a tooth extraction indicates that a blood clot hasn’t formed and the extraction site is at risk of infection.

How To Prevent Dental Emergencies

The best way to handle dental emergencies is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Of course, our first recommendation is to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily, flossing before bed and rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash. Other ways to protect yourself against experiencing a dental emergency includes wearing a mouthguard while playing sports, being careful about how you bite into hard and tough foods like candy and steak, and making sure not to chew on non-food objects that could damage your teeth and gums.

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Initial Emergency Appointment

Your initial appointment will consist of a spec exam of the area of concern, as well as x-rays as needed. Following the exam, the dentist will create a treatment plan and review your options with you. If there are signs of infection or you are experiencing discomfort and pain, the dentist will prescribe medications as needed, such as anti-biotics or pain relievers. As we do not guarantee same-day treatment, we will schedule your treatment accordingly.

Treatment Appointment

Following up from your initial emergency appointment, your treatment will begin as previously planned by your dentist. Some outcomes for treatment may include white fillings, extractions, root canals, etc. We understand that emergencies happen when you least expect them, if needed, speak with your dentist regarding a payment plan.

Have A Dental Emergency? Contact Affinity Dental Right Away

Our goal at Affinity Dental is keep your smile as bright and healthy as possible. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t try and tough it out and hope your pain or discomfort will go away. This will result in worse dental issues developing that are tougher and take longer to treat. Trust Affinity Dental to provide expert emergency dental care, no matter what your situation is. Contact us today!