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.