It’s recommended that you go to the dentist twice a year for an exam and cleaning. For people who have had procedures done or a history of oral health issues, more frequent visits may be recommended.
To avoid most oral health issues, you should be brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Rinsing with a mouthwash gives an extra germ-killing boost in cleaning the areas that brushing and flossing miss.
It will depend on the nature of the emergency whether immediate medical care is necessary. A cracked or broken tooth, while uncomfortable, can usually wait until regular business hours at the dentist office. In the meantime, it can be treated at home with a cold compress to relieve any pain and swelling.
On the other hand, a tooth that has been knocked out requires more urgent care. Only handling it by the crown (top part) and not the root, rinse it off and try to put it back into place. If this is not possible, keep it in a container or milk or your saliva until you can get to the dentist.
Every dentist has technically received training in endodontic treatment, but may or may not offer the service at their practice depending on how comfortable they are with performing the procedure. Endodontists, on the other hand, have received extensive training and can diagnose and treat more complex dental issues. Your dentist can help you determine the best place to receive the necessary dental treatments.
If you need a procedure like a root canal, chances are, you’re already suffering from tooth pain. Any procedure performed is meant to alleviate that pain and restore your tooth function. The area will be numbed at the beginning of the procedure to minimize pain and discomfort. You may experience some discomfort after the procedure, but this should subside in a few days and your dentist can prescribe pain medication to make you more comfortable.