When you’re suffering from the stress and anxiety of a dental emergency, it helps to have a welcoming, caring dental home to turn to. Dr. Nguyen and the rest of our team will strive to see you as soon as possible when an urgent dental situation comes up, and we’ll always put the comfort and safety of your smile above all else. Have you suddenly damaged a tooth or noticed severe oral pain? If so, give us a call immediately!
You’ll need to control your pain and care for your injury on your own until you can be seen by a professional. We can give you specific first-aid instructions over the phone while we set up your appointment. Note that different emergencies have different causes (such as a bacterial infection or sudden physical trauma), so strategies for self-care will vary. To help you swiftly take control of the situation, we’ve listed a few general tips for dealing with common issues.
A toothache might mean you have an infection that requires a root canal, but the discomfort could also be caused by some debris that’s trapped in your teeth. Floss gently and rinse thoroughly; if your pain doesn’t improve, call us. Over-the-counter painkillers can be used if needed.
Stop any bleeding by applying pressure with a piece of gauze. If you notice swelling around the area, use an ice pack. Broken teeth tend to be sensitive and fragile, so avoid eating any foods that are especially hard or hot. Be prepared for an extraction if the tooth is severely damaged.
Be careful when handling the tooth; avoid touching the root so that you don’t damage any of the tissues that might be necessary during reattachment. Rinse it off and try to put it back in place if possible, but keep it in a glass of milk otherwise. For the best chance of successful replantation, you’ll need to see us within an hour.
Take the restoration out of your mouth so you don’t accidentally swallow it, then apply clove oil to any sensitive spots. To keep the tooth safe until we can provide a more permanent repair, you can try and put the restoration back in place with dental cement. Alternatively, the cement can be used by itself to cover the exposed area.
It pays to take precautions to protect your teeth from potential injuries. Never put inedible objects such as fingernails or pen tips in your mouth, and do not use your teeth instead of scissors to open packages. On a similar note, be wary of rock candy, ice, and other hard foods that could crack the enamel if chewed. To avoid injury while playing sports, ask us for an athletic mouthguard.
Some urgent dental issues occur due to poor oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing twice a day as well as attending regular dental cleanings will help you avoid such emergencies.
It’s understandable to be worried about the price of your emergency care, but rest assured that we’ll only recommend the treatments that are absolutely necessary to restore the health of your smile. We’ll make sure you fully understand the costs involved and can help you file the necessary claims with your insurance. Remember that every situation is unique and not every patient will pay the same amount for emergency care; we’ll only be able to provide an estimate after an examination.
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