A dental emergency is any situation in which a person is feeling a lot of pain or has sustained quite a bit of damage to their teeth. Whatever the problem might be, people should go ahead and give our office a call so they can get the care they need right away. Our team will give you first-aid tips over the phone and schedule a same-day appointment if necessary so we can fix your problem as quickly as possible.
Whether you’re dealing with a bad toothache or multiple knocked out teeth, it’s always best to seek out professional care as soon as you can. This will help limit any damage to the smile and enable our team to relieve pain as well. When you call in, we’ll give you a few first-aid tips so you can get a better handle on the situation. Some general tips to follow include:
Start by cleaning around the tooth by rinsing and flossing. The problem might just be a pesky bit of food. If the pain doesn’t go away or is severe, take an OTC medication and place a cold compress on the face.
Gently rinse your mouth with warm water, and try to find any large pieces of the tooth that you can. Put them in a safe container with clean water until we can see you. If the remaining tooth has a rough edge, it can be covered with either some sugar-free gum or dental wax.
Recover the tooth and any broken bits, place it in a clean container with milk and/or clean water. Do not attempt to clean the tooth. Phone our office as soon as possible!
Find the filling/crown, give it a quick rinse, and try to place it back onto the tooth. If it won’t stay, see if a dab of toothpaste helps. If not, put the restoration in a safe container, and cover the tooth with a piece of sugarless gum to keep it protected.
Some dental emergencies can be easily solved with a prescription, while other patients may need a root canal and crown to adequately address their problem. In other words, there is no set price for emergency dentistry. Our treatment recommendations will be based solely on the needs of a patient. Should you ever require urgent dental care, we’ll quickly go over your options so you’ll know exactly what you’ll be expected to pay.
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