Dental emergencies can happen at any moment. You might trip, or your child might incur a sports injury. Some dental emergencies can be avoided, which is why it is so important to have a custom athletic mouthguard created just for you or your child when participating in sports. However, should a dental emergency arise, Encore Dentistry wants to help with emergency dentistry in Arlington, TX.
You should always call our office first in the event of a dental emergency. Doing so will give you a chance to schedule an appointment with us and ask any questions you have about improving your situation overall. Of course, the type of emergency you’re experiencing will influence what you should do next. Below, you’ll find brief next steps to take during a toothache, knocked-out tooth, and other common dental emergencies.
Use floss to remove potential food debris stuck in between teeth. Take pain medication, such as ibuprofen (but not aspirin) to reduce inflammation and discomfort if it continues. We’ll do everything we can to confirm the issue once you arrive, whether it’s decay removal or treating an oral infection.
Keep any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our office. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you arrive. If you have dental cement, you can use it to cover your damaged tooth, especially if it is very sharp and therefore at risk of cutting your oral tissue. We recommend you come to our office to receive a same-day crown.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion. Do not touch the root or any tissue that may still be attached to the root. After gently rinsing off any dirt or debris from the tooth, place it back into your socket to keep it preserved. You can also place it in milk, saltwater, saline solution or saliva if nothing else is available. Get to our office as soon as possible to have the tooth reimplanted, otherwise you’ll want to consider tooth replacement options moving forward.
If you still have the restoration, use either dental cement, denture adhesive, or petroleum jelly to temporarily reseat it until you get to our office. If you don’t have the restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get it replaced.
The good news is preventing dental emergencies is much easier than managing them on your own. Always brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and floss once daily. Commit to routine exams and cleanings at our office so we can catch and treat issues as they appear. Never chew on items that are inedible (i.e. pens, pencils, fingernails, packages, and bottle caps) and be mindful of foods that could crack your teeth, including popcorn, ice cubes, toffee and hard candy. Purchase a nightguard if you clench and grind your teeth while you sleep, and always wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports.
Determining the cost of your dental emergency is difficult without first completing a more detailed exam of your dental issue. Some emergencies, like an oral infection, can vary in cost, depending on whether you need a root canal or prescription antibiotics. No matter what your needs are, we are dedicated to getting you out of pain and working with you to create a treatment plan that’s affordable.
If you’re still curious about dental emergencies, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Nancy Cabansag is a highly trained dentist who offers all of the emergency treatments you need at the same convenient location. She wants her patients to have all of the information necessary to keep their smiles healthy and safe. That’s why she has included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry. Read on to learn more!
Slight discomfort in the mouth is relatively common, so how do you know when you’re having a real emergency? When in doubt, try flossing and rinsing the area in pain first to remove any lingering food debris. If your pain persists, you may have a toothache. Contact our office right away if you have any uncertainty about your dental emergency. We are ready to treat problems like infections, lost teeth, broken teeth, missing crowns, and much more. Contact our emergency dentist today to get out of pain and back to smiling.
A dental emergency is called an emergency for a reason—it should be treated as soon as possible. Unlike other medical conditions that can get better with time, dental emergencies will only grow worse if left untreated. Prolonging a visit to our office can result in more pain as well as the possibility for more expensive and extensive dental care. For example, needing a simple root canal could turn into a tooth extraction if you don’t come in for treatment right away.
While it’s best to go to our office for most dental emergencies, there are some problems that do require an immediate trip to the ER. If you experience uncontrollable bleeding in the mouth, jaw injuries, difficulty breathing, deep facial cuts, or any other life-threatening issues, go to an urgent care facility right away. Time is of the essence in these cases, and you may need general medical attention.
Have you ever experienced a toothache that causes you sudden pain? While this may seem to come out of nowhere, it’s usually an infection that is caused by poor dental hygiene. When the inner portion of the tooth becomes infected, you may experience significant pain and sensitivity. In the past, the only way to cure this problem was to extract the tooth. However, thanks to root canal therapy, we can remove the infected and damaged tissue while keeping the rest of your tooth intact! After, we will strengthen and protect your tooth for the future, usually with a dental crown.