Essenmacher Family Dental

When Is a Dental Emergency Immediate and When Can It Wait?

September 30, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Lindsay M. Essenmacher, DDS
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Even patients who have a dedicated home care routine and visit their Northeast Heights dentist twice a year can find themselves with a dental emergency out of the blue. Essenmacher Family Dental is here to help if this happens to you.

It’s sometimes confusing to know whether a dental emergency requires an immediate visit or if it can wait until the next few days.

Here are some guidelines to consider.

Pain and Swelling Often Requires Immediate Attention

Most dental conditions remain quiet and progress without severe symptoms until they are advanced enough for nerve involvement. An infected or damaged tooth can become inflamed, starting as minor throbbing pain that can quickly advance into pain that is all-consuming and keeps you awake at night or makes it impossible to concentrate.
We invite you to contact our team right away to book an appointment with Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher. She always discusses every treatment option available, along with the benefits, to help you make a choice that works best for you.

Saving a Broken Tooth

A broken tooth may or may not feel painful or sensitive depending on the extent of the fracture. It is always best to seek treatment immediately. Broken teeth are less stable and can continue to break down when chewing or grinding the teeth at night.

We Can Often Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

Auto and sports-related injuries can result in a knocked-out tooth. This happens more often than you might think – especially with kids on the playground! If you or your child has a knocked-out tooth, be sure to handle it by the crown, keep it moist, and call our dental office immediately. Fast treatment enables Dr. Essenmacher to replace the tooth in the socket and secure it in place.
To prevent injuries for active kids and adults, we create athletic mouthguards. Ask us about this smile-saving service!

Less Immediate Dental Emergencies

If you have a broken or lost dental crown or filling, we recommend that you contact us right away. We can arrange an appointment over the next few days.

Contact Us

If you live in the Albuquerque or Northeast Heights areas and do not yet have an emergency dentist you can turn to, we invite you to become part of our dental family at Essenmacher Family Dental. You can reach us by calling the main office or by filling out this contact form. If it is after regular hours, we have instructions on our voicemail to contact a member of our team.

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher