No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them or one of their loved ones, but as dental professionals, let us tell you—they pop up more often than you might think! Should you or someone in your household experience an accident or develop an infection that causes a lot of dental pain, you can take solace in the fact that emergency dental care is just a phone call away. Contact South Ridge Dental whenever you need immediate attention, and we’ll do everything we can to see you right away, including scheduling a same-day appointment.
The best thing to do in any dental emergency is simply to call us as soon as possible, and that’s true whether you’re dealing with a broken/knocked-out tooth or severe toothache. Waiting will only allow a problem to get worse, and more conservative treatment options might stop being viable after too much time has passed. Thankfully, after you have given us a call and before you can reach our dental office, there are still a few things you can do to help with any dental emergency:
A toothache can be the result of a cavity, crack in the enamel, or just a piece of food being stuck between the teeth, so flossing and rinsing around the painful tooth is sometimes all that’s needed to fix the problem. If this doesn’t help, however, taking an OTC pain-reliever or using a cold compress can provide temporary relief.
If you can find any large pieces of the tooth, gather them and put them in a safe container so you can bring them to our dental office. If the remaining tooth has a jagged edge, it can be covered with some sugarless gum or a bit of dental wax to prevent it from scratching the lips or cheeks.
Our team can successfully reattach a fully dislodged tooth, but usually only an hour or so after the initial accident. Call us immediately, find the tooth, rinse it gently with water, try to place it back into its socket, and hold it there with your tongue. If this isn’t working, the tooth must remain wet to keep it viable, so either put it in your cheek pocket or a container with milk.
While this shouldn’t cause a major alarm, the newly exposed tooth can develop some discomfort if it’s not repaired relatively quickly. Recover the restoration, rinse off any debris, and try to place it back onto the tooth--some toothpaste can help with this. If you’re unable to come see us right away, avoid chewing with the tooth until we can fix it.
A few simple habits can drastically decrease your chances of needing to make an unexpected dental visit:
Every dental emergency is different from patient to patient, so there is no set cost for emergency dental care. Some patients just need a prescription and a small filling, while others might require an extraction and tooth replacement. After we’ve gotten you out of pain, we can discuss your treatment options so you can decide which one is best for you. For any concerns about out-of-pocket costs, flexible financing is always available.