Just like any medical emergency, it’s not something you’d ever see coming. One moment you’re going for a bike ride with friends or playing our favorite contact sport, the next you’re on the ground and holding your jaw and mouth in pain. Maybe instead of doing something active, you wake up and you have a toothache that came seemingly out of nowhere.
Regardless of your circumstance, it’s always better to have an available emergency dentist in Scarborough that can handle your dental issues, whether it be on a weekend or weekday.
When You Should See Your Dentist the Same Day
It’s understandable if you aren’t sure when a dental issue constitutes as a dental emergency. Most people will visit the emergency room if they aren’t sure what to do, but unfortunately many ERs aren’t properly equipped to handle even the most common dental emergencies.
If you’re dealing with any of the following emergencies, it’s time to schedule an emergency appointment with the dentist as soon as you can. Putting them off can prove detrimental to your oral health. They include:
- Severe toothache
- Knocked out or avulsed tooth
- Broken or cracked teeth where the crack extends below the gum line
- Abscessed teeth or other infections
- A fever paired with facial swelling or severe tooth pain
Weekend Hours Can Make All the Difference
It may be surprising to hear, but many people won’t visit the dentist at all unless they’re having a dental emergency. The issue with this approach is that skipping regular dental visits is a sure way to cause a dental emergency later in life. Imagine if you didn’t visit your general doctor or the hospital for routine physical exams and only visited when there was an emergency occurring.
In the event that you do have a dental emergency, whether it’s from poor oral hygiene or from trauma, having an emergency dentist available all seven days a week can mean the difference between saving your natural tooth and needing a dental implant later.
Quicker Care Means Quicker Recovery
Once you do come in to have your dental emergency treated, whether it be during the week or on Saturday or Sunday, you’ll prevent your condition from dramatically worsening in the future. Dental problems that could have been fixed with a simple filling or crown can easily require a root canal or dental implant later if you don’t treat them now. Plus, your condition will heal more effectively and quickly if you get it handled now rather than put it off until later in the week.
When you visit our practice, you can expect hours that meet your needs. Not only are we open Monday through Friday but on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Schedule your next appointment with a dentist in Scarborough today!
About the Author
Dr. Gus Bal earned his DMD degree from the Boston University Goldman School of Dentistry. By having multiple dentists onsite, he can meet during more hours throughout the week and get your dental emergency taken care of sooner rather than later. To learn more about his emergency treatments or get your issue sorted, you can contact him through his website.