When you’re experiencing a dental emergency, the last thing you should do is try to put off visiting our dental office. We understand that these situations can really throw a wrench in your day, but putting off treatment only allows the condition to get worse over time. Whether your tooth was just knocked out or you’ve woken up with severe oral pain, both deserve immediate attention. If you’re currently experiencing a dental emergency, don’t wait; call our dental office to see Dr. Robert Sue for treatment!
When we talk about dental emergencies, we’re largely referring to two common scenarios. The first is a sudden injury, typically as a result of a bad fall or playing sports without a protective mouthguard. The second scenario is an infection that’s developed over a long period of time, which can easily lead to a toothache and even the possibility of extraction. Dr. Sue has the experience necessary to treat both of these scenarios and stabilize your condition. After you call our dental office and schedule an appointment, here’s what you should do to manage your situation at home in the interim.
A toothache can be difficult to diagnose without further examination. In most cases, tooth pain occurs as a result of decay reaching through the enamel and dentin and damaging the pulp located inside the tooth. In other cases, food debris may be caught in between two teeth. If flossing does not remove the pain, call our dental office and take an OTC painkiller.
If the tooth is minimally damaged, Dr. Sue may be able to buff it down to improve its shape and appearance. In other cases, a dental crown will be needed to cover a tooth, or extraction could be recommended if it is damaged beyond repair. If your tooth breaks, make sure to save any fragments you can and bring them to the appointment. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling present. Cover the damaged tooth with either dental wax or sugarless gum to prevent jagged edges of the tooth from cutting your mouth.
If you still have your tooth, make sure to only pick it up by the crown portion and avoid touching the root. Do not remove any tissue that may still be attached. Make sure to call our dental office as soon as possible, then rinse the tooth of any debris. Attempt to place the tooth back into its original socket to preserve it. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in a container of milk for best preservation. Waiting longer than an hour to get it re-implanted can greatly reduce the potential success of this procedure, do contact us as soon as possible!
The best thing to do is try to reseat the filling or crown, assuming you still have it. This can be done using dental cement or denture adhesive, which can both be found at your pharmacy or grocery store. Doing so can prevent sensitivity and discomfort prior to your visit to our dental office. After arriving, Dr. Sue can replace the restoration or repair it if it’s still salvageable.
The good news is avoiding dental emergencies is a simple process when you know the steps. To reduce your risk, consider these tips:
The cost of your treatment can largely vary. Rather, there is no way to confirm the cost of your emergency until you come in for an initial appointment. In many instances, prescribed medication is all that’s needed to solve your issue. In other instances, complex restorations or full-blown tooth replacement becomes necessary. With that said, our team does everything it can to provide reliable estimates for your treatment prior to treatment. Our dental office accepts multiple insurance plans and are always accepting both new and existing patients, so don’t hesitate to visit our dental office!