Same-Day & After Hours Appointments
At Moonlight Beach Dental, we offer same-day and after-hours appointments for dental emergencies. We know just how important it is to seek immediate treatment for a dental emergency.
Contact us for dental emergencies and we will forward you directly to Dr. Vane so she can triage appointments according to urgency. We recommend you call us instead of walking into the office because we have to give priority to patients who are suffering from severe dental emergencies.
However, we will ensure that you get the prompt treatment you need as soon as possible. This is why we leave some room in our appointment schedule each day to accommodate unplanned emergency appointments. We are open Mondays through Fridays and take scheduled appointments on Saturdays.
However, if you give us a heads up that you are dealing with pain, injury, or infection outside of working hours, Dr. Vane can accommodate you as necessary. Contact us at Moonlight Beach Dental today to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Nicole Vane.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any sort of dental trauma, bleeding, infection, or other oral health problems that are causing severe pain and require immediate treatment to prevent complications. Examples of common dental emergencies include:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Severe toothache
- Abscess and swelling
- Dental injury
- Broken or loose tooth
What Is Not Considered a Dental Emergency?
A toothache is not considered a dental emergency if it is a dull or minor ache. A toothache can, however, qualify as an emergency if the pain is severe and debilitating. However, if you are still able to function throughout your day and wait until the next available dental appointment or if you can get relief from pain medication, we would ask you to wait for a regular appointment.
It can also depend on the severity of damage to the teeth or dental work if it counts as an emergency or not. Minor chips and cracks can wait for a regular appointment and can be repaired with a minimally invasive treatment like dental bonding.
Lost dental work such as a filling, crown, or bridge is not necessarily an emergency unless you have severe damage, bleeding, pain, or an exposed root that can put you at risk for an infection.
Should I Go to the ER?
Generally speaking, the best place for you to go for a dental emergency is the dentist. The only instance that you should go to the ER is if it is a life-threatening situation like a fractured jaw or swelling that affects your ability to breathe.
Emergency rooms usually have an oral surgeon on call for these serious situations but other than this, they may write you a prescription for pain medication and then tell you to go see a dentist. They are not well equipped to deal with dental issues. If you are not sure if you should see a dentist or the ER, contact us right away and we can determine if we can help you.