Emergency Dental Care in Columbia, SC

No one plans for a dental emergency, but it’s important to be prepared should a dental-related emergency arise in your household. Not all dental practices offer same-day emergency care, but Ivy Creek Family Dentistry is proud to accept emergency dentist appointments. If you or a loved one is currently experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office right away so we can assist.

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What is a dental emergency?

After you have contacted our team and described the emergency, we will either begin clearing our schedule and preparing a treatment room or schedule an appointment for you in the near future, depending on the severity of the situation. It can be difficult to tell what circumstances are true emergencies and what aren’t, but the following situations are almost always considered dental emergencies that require immediate medical attention:

  • Cracked or Broken Tooth
  • Dislodged Tooth
  • Unbearable Pain
  • Severe Swelling or Bleeding
  • Gum Abscess
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Should I go to the dentist or the hospital?

When emergencies arise, some patients decide to go to the emergency room, but that’s not always the best route to take if the affliction is gum, tooth, or jaw-related. Many times when a patient visits the emergency room for tooth pain or uncontrollable bleeding, the ER may only be able to provide pain medication and a referral to an emergency dentist. Generally speaking, dental-related emergencies need to be treated by an emergency dentist, but if you or your loved one have more extensive injuries that need to be taken care of first, then we would recommend going to the hospital.

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What can I do in the meantime?

Once you get in touch with our office, we can give you specific advice for managing the situation while you are on your way to our practice or while you are waiting for your upcoming appointment. For example, if your tooth has been knocked out, you will want to rinse it off and gently place it back in the socket or in a glass of milk to keep it alive while you are heading to our office. For gum bleeding, we recommend gently pressing a piece of gauze or clean cloth on the area for 15 minutes to see if it can be slowed or stopped. Our team is always happy to help patients determine the best course of action for their specific needs.

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