Emergency Dental Care
At Bowers and Oki Family Dentistry, we understand that sometimes emergencies happen. Teeth don't adhere to a schedule and may end up hurting or breaking when you least expect it. In order to help accommodate for emergencies, we offer expanded hours and Friday appointments so you can see us before or after work, or before the weekend. We offer same day appointments at our Albuquerque, NM dental office for patients in need, regardless of whether you are an existing patient or a new patient who hasn't seen any dentist in decades. Call us at 505-884-6408 to schedule your emergency dental visit, or make an appointment online if you are having an emergency after hours.
Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies are a common occurrence. At Bowers and Oki Family Dentistry, we are equipped to handle many different types of dental emergencies. Some common conditions we treat on an emergency basis include:
- Knocked out, avulsed, or displaced teeth
- Acute dental infections and abscessed teeth causing swelling and/or tooth pain
- Broken or chipped teeth, fillings, crowns, bridges or dentures
- Crowns or fillings that are missing or have fallen out
- Dental complications related to falls, surgery, car accidents, or other trauma to the teeth and mouth
- Severe jaw pain, TMJ Disorder related pain
What To Do If you Have a Dental Emergency
If you think you are having a dental emergency, call our office where our friendly and knowledgeable receptionist or on call doctor will be able to assist you. We are here to help, whether you are in severe pain or worried about a potential problem. We will ask you a few questions about your symptoms, so that we can determine the best course of action for your particular emergency. Whenever necessary, we are available for same day emergency dental appointments, and can often begin treatment at that time.
While some emergencies can wait until the morning or for a few days, there are cases where an immediate appointment is necessary. Symptoms such as swelling, fever, severe pain, a knocked out or displaced tooth or jaw should be evaluated as soon as possible. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office right away at 505-884-6408.
What to Expect at Your Emergency Visit
When you arrive for you emergency dental appointment, our skilled dentists will evaluate your tooth to determine the cause of your pain and your treatment options. This evaluation will often consist of a dental xray along with an exam of the area of concern. Once the cause of your emergency is discovered, we will discuss your treatment options so that you can make the best decision for your tooth and mouth.
Whenever possible, we will provide treatment at your emergency dental appointment. Some common emergency dental treatments include:
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Fillings
- Root Canals
- Oral appliances/nightguards
To learn more about each of the various treatment options, please visit our services page.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While not all dental emergencies can be avoided, there are steps you can take to prevent dental emergencies.
Regular checkups and cleaning with your dentist, along with good oral healthcare will help to keep your mouth healthy. Brushing, flossing, and a healthy diet are important steps in preventing the development of gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth decay is a common cause of dental infections that lead to swelling, and severe pain. At your dental cleaning, we remove harmful bacteria that can cause infections, decay, and gum disease. Your dentist will also check the health of your gums, teeth, fillings, crowns, bridges and other restorations during your dental checkup. Catching tooth decay, worn out fillings and crowns, and gum disease early means you can treat these problems before they become painful or more extensive problems. Our goal during these regular appointments is to help prevent emergencies and other dental problems.
Contact Us Today
Don't let your dental emergency go untreated, contact us today! We are here to help you get out of pain and start your journey towards a healthy mouth. Dental pain and other dental emergencies will not get better on their own, and left untreated can lead to more problems and more costly treatment. We understand that fear, embarrassment and uncertainty can keep you out of the dental office. Our team of knowledgeable, gentle, compassionate dentists are happy to take care of you under any circumstance.
Contact us at 505-884-6408 or schedule your appointment online