When a dental emergency occurs, the very last thing you should do is put it off. After all, damaged teeth do not get better on their own, and neither do oral infections. At Galleria Dental, our goal is to determine the exact cause of your dental issue, get you out of discomfort, and protect your natural teeth however possible. Dr. Eric Tolliver is an expert when it comes to performing everything from oral surgery to cosmetic dentistry. Don’t wait to give his office a call to get your dental emergency treated!
Whether your dental emergency is due to a bad toothache or a serious physical injury, the first thing you should do is get in touch with our office. Doing this allows us to help you manage your dental emergency more effectively and get you scheduled for an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible. With that said, there are certain steps you can take depending on the emergency you’re experiencing.
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris from between your teeth. If discomfort does not go away, take ibuprofen to reduce it. If any swelling appears, apply a cold compress to your cheek for about 10 minutes at a time. Remove it after 10 minutes and reapply for up to one hour.
Keep any pieces of tooth that you can and bring them to our office. If the tooth is sharp or jagged, cover it using dental wax to prevent accidentally cutting your facial tissue. If any pain or swelling is present, use a cold compress to reduce this swelling and take ibuprofen to remove pain.
Locate the tooth and do your best to stay calm. Once you’ve found the tooth, pick it up by the crown portion and avoid touching the root or any tissue still attached. After rinsing your mouth out with warm water and removing any dirt or debris from the tooth, place the tooth back into your open socket. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in a container of milk or saltwater and get to our office within the hour.
If you still have the restoration, use dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum if nothing else is available to reseat the restoration temporarily. Keep in mind that reattaching the restoration is only a short-term solution. If you do not have the crown, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get it replaced.
Most dental emergencies can be prevented when you practice daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque in between your biannual dental visits. However, you should also take extra precautions if you find yourself participating in contact sports. This means wearing a mouthguard to reduce your risk for injury. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you’ll need to wear a nightguard. Additionally, you’ll want to avoid using your teeth as a tool; doing so dramatically increases your risk of a tooth chipping or cracking.
Dental emergencies come in many forms, which is precisely why it’s so important to get seen by our office if and when they occur. Failing to do so could mean the difference between losing your tooth and preventing future dental problems later. Determining cost comes down to performing a detailed exam at our office. Here, we can confirm if treatment only requires simple decay removal and filling placement or more complex care like root canal therapy. No matter which treatment is needed for your tooth, it’s always better to get the job done now rather than wait and let the issue get worse. We’ll work with you to create a finance plan that’s manageable.