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.