March 31, 2020
Dr. Mark Givan takes the health of his patients and his team very seriously. That’s why, as recommended by the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association, he is currently seeing patients for emergency issues only. However, he also understands that not all dental emergencies are so clear-cut. If you are not sure if you need to visit an emergency dentist, don’t be afraid to call our office regardless. While we can help you confirm if your issue is urgent or not, here’s what you need to keep in mind.
Dental Issues That Don’t Require Immediate Attention
There are many different dental issues that can fall into the category of “dental emergency.” However, there are also many situations where your dental issue does not require immediate care. When you realize something is not quite right, it’s always best to call our office directly just to play it safe. With that said, there’s no reason to panic if you’re told that you need to wait a few days before getting seen.
A great example of this is a chipped or cracked tooth. If there is no pain related to the damaged tooth, you should be able to wait a few days before you need to be seen. Moving forward, use caution when eating and avoid hard foods as much as possible.
Additionally, if you notice tooth pain, but it is not particularly severe or associated with an abscess (small bumps on gum tissue which can indicate an infection), you should be able to wait a few days before getting seen. Remember, you should still call our office if you notice tooth pain. Just keep in mind that not all tooth pain is considered a dental emergency by default. We’ll provide guidance over the phone as needed so you can improve your situation.
When It’s Time to Pay Dr. Givan a Visit
In the following circumstances, we’ll do everything we can to get you seen for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. These include:
- Tooth pain associated with a major crack or fracture
- Knocked-out teeth (fully or partially)
- Dental cracks or fractures that extend below the gum line
- Abscessed teeth or gum abscess in general
- Severe tooth pain that does not go away or get better over time
How to Avoid Dental Emergencies During Quarantine
If you want to reduce your risk of experiencing dental emergencies as much as possible, make sure to:
- Brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
- Floss at least once a day
- Avoid any hard foods or inedible materials that can crack or chip teeth (i.e. ice cubes, popcorn kernels, toffee, hard candy, pens, pencils, fingernails, packing materials, etc.)
Please give our office a call or text Dr. Givan at 817-223-5209 if you believe that you’re experiencing a dental emergency and have questions or need assistance.
About Mark Givan, DDS
At our practice, we want to make sure your oral health remains a priority during the current situation regarding COVID-19. This means answering your calls to provide advice in the event a dental emergency occurs and taking time to see you as soon as possible when emergencies do happen. Dr. Givan’s expertise is sure to give you confidence in your future care, so don’t be afraid to contact him through his website today!
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