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Dental emergencies truly come out of nowhere, and dealing with a severe toothache caused by decay or an oral injury that left your tooth broken or knocked-out is hardly a fun experience. But just because you’re having a dental emergency doesn’t mean you should ignore or assume it will get better on its own. At Oasis Family Dentistry, our team will do everything we can to make time available for patients suffering from dental emergencies. To get your issue handled, give our office a call as soon as possible!
While different dental emergencies require different approaches to care, it’s important that you give our office a call to schedule an appointment regardless of the type of emergency you’re experiencing. You’ll have a higher chance of getting to our office the same day as your emergency and be able to ask any questions you might have about your issue. Before you arrive, here’s what you can do depending on the type of dental emergency you’re having.
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris from between your teeth. If discomfort continues, take ibuprofen and apply a cold compress if any swelling is present. The cause could be tooth decay or an infection, but we won’t be able to tell for sure until you visit our office for closer examination.
Keep any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to the office. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress for 10 minutes at a time, followed by removing for an additional 10 minutes. You can repeat this process for up to one hour. If the tooth can be saved, we’ll begin designing a crown to cover the tooth and prevent future fracture.
Do your best to stay calm. Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion. Do not touch the root or remove any tissue still attached. After gently rinsing off any dirt or debris, place the tooth back into your socket to keep it preserved. You can also keep it in a container of milk or saltwater for up to one hour. Get to our office as soon as possible so we can attempt to re-implant the tooth, otherwise you’ll need to start considering your tooth replacement options.
If you still have the restoration, use dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum if nothing else is available to temporarily cover your damaged tooth. While you should always bring the restoration to the office with you, we’ll likely need to replace it, especially if it’s very old.
There are many ways to prevent dental emergencies. Take note of the following tips below and you’ll be far more prepared in the future.
Whether your dental emergency requires simple antibiotics or root canal therapy, we want to make sure that you get it handled sooner rather than later. The complexity of your issue will largely influence the cost of treatment, but we can’t provide an exact price until you come to our office for closer examination. No matter what it costs, we’ll help create a financing plan that is reasonable while still addressing your emergency as much as possible.