Dental emergencies never happen when you expect them, but when they do, taking the right actions quickly can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Do you have a dental emergency plan in place? If not, we’re happy to give you a simple one: call Dentistry @ 1881. Just explain your situation to our team, and we’ll let you know what to do next. We can even schedule a same-day appointment for patients in need so that no one ever has to wait while in pain.
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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Whether you’re dealing with a bad toothache or something as serious as a knocked out tooth, the smartest thing to do is give our dental office a call right away. Reaching out to us immediately will ensure you get the relief and care you need as fast as possible, minimizing any damage to your smile. Before you’re able to reach our dental office, there are a few steps you can take to improve your situation:
Try flossing and rinsing around the sore tooth to remove anything that might be stuck between the teeth. If this doesn’t help, the problem may be due to a crack in the enamel or an infection. An over-the-counter medicine, such as Advil and Tylenol, and cold compress applied to the face can help reduce any discomfort.
Rinse the mouth gently with warm water to clean it, and try to find as many pieces of the tooth that you can, putting them in a safe container. If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to the face. And, if the remaining tooth has a rough edge, be sure to cover it with some dental wax or a piece of sugarless gum.
You need to move fast in this situation, as a fully dislodged tooth can be put back into place, but only within an hour or so after the initial accident. Recover the tooth, rinse it off, and attempt to place it back into its socket, holding it thereby keeping the mouth closed. If it won’t stay, put it in a container with salt water and get to our office as soon as possible.
Even though your tooth might not be feeling any pain after losing a filling or crown, it’s still a good idea to come see us to make sure it doesn’t develop any additional damage or decay.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Do you or your child enjoy playing sports? No matter what the chosen game might be, athletes of all ages should always wear a protective mouthguard to keep their teeth safe from unexpected impacts.
Save your teeth and DON’T bite down onto extremely hard items like ice, pens, pencils, hard nuts or fingernails, etc.
Can’t get a package open? Instead of using and potentially chipping your teeth, go grab the scissors instead. Do not use your teeth as tools.
Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once, and regularly visit your dentist so that small problems don’t have the chance to turn into big emergencies later.
There is no single way to treat a dental emergency because there are so many different types, and because of this, the cost of urgent dental care can vary quite a bit from patient to patient. One might just need a prescription to deal with a minor infection, while another may require multiple teeth to be removed and replaced. In any case, our goal with each patient is to get them out of pain as quickly as we can. To help make emergency care more affordable, we’re happy to file insurance claims on our patients’ behalf.