Everyone has experienced an emergency at least once in their lifetime. While most people know to call 911 during a general emergency, many individuals aren’t entirely sure when it’s time to visit a dentist for a dental emergency. The good news is our dentists are highly trained to manage dental emergencies when they occur, so don’t hesitate to call our dental office if you have a broken or knocked-out tooth as well as a severe toothache!
When a dental emergency occurs, you should always contact our dental office to schedule an appointment. In most cases, we’ll be able to see you the same day it occurs and resolve your emergency. With that said, there are steps you can take to manage your symptoms prior to your appointment. Below, you’ll find a list of the most common emergencies that we see as well as how to handle them until you get to our dental office.
Use dental floss to remove any potential food debris stuck in between your teeth. If pain persists, take an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen to mitigate discomfort. If swelling appears, apply a cold compress to your cheek in 20-minute intervals. After performing a detailed exam, we will recommend the best treatment to resolve your pain.Learn About Root Canals
Locate any pieces of your tooth that you can find. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and take painkillers. Avoid taking aspirin as this can cause a burning sensation in the tooth. If the tooth is in fair condition, we’ll likely create a crown to seal the tooth and prevent it from fracturing further.
Locate the tooth, making sure to pick it up by the crown portion only. Do not remove any tissue still attached. Gently rinse the tooth under cool water, rinse your mouth out with warm water, then place it back into your socket. If not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk and get to our dental office right away. The tooth may be able to be reimplanted if you arrive within the hour. Alternatively, we can discuss your tooth replacement options.
After locating the restoration, gently rinse off any debris and try to place it back onto your tooth. A good way to do this is with a small amount of toothpaste or dental cement from your local pharmacy. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to our dental office. If the restoration is in one piece, we may be able to place it back onto your tooth.
The good news is that most dental emergencies can be avoided. What’s the best way to accomplish this? With routine oral care at home and regular visits to our dental office for cleanings and exams of course! These preventive measures are the best way to ensure any problems get caught early or prevented from the start. If you participate in contact sports of any kind, you should also be wearing a mouthguard to prevent damage to your teeth.
Since dental emergencies can occur in many different ways, the cost can largely vary from person to person. For example, a toothache that only requires decay removal and a filling to resolve is going to be cheaper than needing a root canal to remove an inner tooth infection. If you want to determine a more precise cost for your emergency treatment, the best thing you can do is get to our dental office for an emergency exam. We’ll be better able to evaluate the cost of your care then, and the last thing you should do is allow your emergency to get worse.
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