Emergency Dentist San Francisco
Dental trauma is quite often handled with emergency dental service. Trauma to the mouth and teeth, however, can involve different structures of the tooth, and depending on the involvement, the need for an emergency dental service can differ. When a fracture of a tooth involves only dental enamel, it is considered an elective dental procedure, and due to the absence of pain or sensitivity, does not require emergency dental service. When the trauma results in the involvement of the enamel and the dentin, where the yellow dentin structure becomes visible and the tooth exhibits tenderness and sensitivity, the situation is still handled within the elective dental procedure, therefore not requiring emergency care. When the trauma results in a fracture of the enamel, dentin, and pulp, where the red pulp’s blood vessels exhibit pain or extreme sensitivity to cold air and the affected teeth are sensitive to the touch, emergency dental service should be sought immediately to evaluate the situation and render appropriate treatment. If the tooth was partially or completely expelled from the tooth socket, try to re-position the tooth back into its socket if possible, or place the tooth in clean water with a small amount of salt or milk, and seek emergency dental care immediately. Dentists who handle dental emergencies usually have a 24 hour answering service to accommodate people in emergency dental situations. Teaching hospitals for dental and medical schools usually have dentists who can accommodate people with emergency dental trauma.