Dental emergencies are notoriously stressful and painful, which is why so many people freeze up when they happen and don’t know what to do. Unfortunately, this can leave room for additional damage to occur. When you’re prepared and have our team of highly trained professionals by your side to answer any questions you have, you won’t have to worry about a thing. Whether you’re experiencing a severe toothache or damaged a tooth, Drs. Katherine and Brian Lee are ready to help repair the damage and erase your discomfort. Our team also provides sedation dentistry to make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed during your visit.
Dental emergencies usually happen at the worst possible times, which makes it difficult to be prepared. No matter what happened, if you’re experiencing severe oral pain, be sure to contact our office. We’ll do our best to guide you through first-aid instructions and make the situation as least stressful as possible.
Toothaches can be caused by an issue as simple as lodged food between your teeth or as serious as a tooth infection. Before you contact our office, be sure to gently floss, brush, and rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. If your pain persists, we’ll schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You can place a cold compress on the area to help ease your discomfort and bring down any swelling. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication.
Collect any pieces of your broken tooth that you’re able to find and store them in a container to bring to your appointment. If the area that broke off has created a sharp edge, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum over the area to prevent it from irritating your oral tissues.
The first thing you should do if you knocked out a tooth is call our office. In this emergency, time is of the essence, so immediately collect your tooth and be sure to only handle it by the biting surface, not the roots. You’ll need to keep the tooth alive by storing it in a container of milk or saltwater. It’s important to get to our office within an hour of the accident so we have a better chance of replanting it.
For lost or damaged restorations, it’s important to visit us so we can either repair or replace them. When a filling or crown is broken or leaking, you may experience dental sensitivity that can be uncomfortable. If it has completely fallen off or out of your tooth, you can temporarily reattach it using a small dap of denture adhesive or toothpaste.
Even though you can’t completely avoid a dental emergency, there are preventive steps you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing one. Here are some tips from your emergency dentist to help keep your teeth and gums intact and healthy:
No two dental emergencies are the same, and depending on the injury and dental damage that you’ve sustained, your treatment will vary from another patient’s. That makes it impossible to provide a single default cost for your appointment. Your emergency dentist will discuss your treatment recommendations with you with full transparency, outlining prices and discussing possible financing options with you before your procedure begins.
Dental emergencies always seem to happen out of the blue, so it is understandable that you have some questions. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about dental emergencies in Canton. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, just give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have and schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible.
Toothaches don’t usually go away on their own, so it is best to schedule a checkup with your dentist to ensure that nothing serious is going on. There are all sorts of potential causes for a toothache, and you’ll want to rule them out with a professional as soon as you can. Doing this can help you to catch an underlying issue before it becomes more severe.
It can be difficult to get quality sleep while you are suffering from a toothache. Until you’re able to see a dentist to have the issue addressed, sleep with your head elevated. This will prevent blood from rushing to your head and intensifying your toothache. Additionally, take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed and avoid foods that are hard, cold, or acidic. Cold compresses can also help to numb discomfort until you can receive dental attention.
Most emergency rooms aren’t able to address dental emergencies effectively, but there are a few exceptions to this. Going to the ER is a good option if you have experienced a jaw fracture or dislocation, serious cut or laceration to the face, or an abscess or infections that’s swollen to the point where it’s affecting your ability to breathe or swallow. In almost all other circumstances, you should see a dentist first.
You should always schedule an appointment with a dentist after chipping a tooth. Even if you don’t feel any pain, you won’t know for sure if the inner area of the tooth is exposed until a dentist examines it. Chipped teeth can also break further without treatment. You don’t necessarily need to drop what you are doing right now and beeline for the dental office, but it’s a good idea to schedule a visit within the next few days.