No one plans on dealing with a dental emergency, but one could occur at any time, and it’s important to have caring experts you can turn to when the worst happens! Whether it’s a tooth that was damaged in an accident or a cavity that occurred due to poor oral hygiene, Davis, Roberts, Boeller, & Rife can offer you prompt relief from your dental discomfort thanks to our friendly team, inviting office, and advanced treatments. Call us immediately if you need urgent dental care.
There are many different types of dental emergencies that you might experience. The key to stopping your pain and saving your smile lies in recognizing the root cause of the problem and treating it properly as soon as possible. We can give you first aid tips over the phone when you call our office, but it helps to already have a firm grasp on what to do during a dental crisis. Below, you’ll find a list of common emergencies and how to deal with them until your appointment.
If you notice any swelling, hold a cold compress over the side of your mouth near the aching area; this will also help soothe the pain. If you take a painkiller, make sure that it doesn’t come in contact with the tooth or the gums. Be prepared for root canal therapy if your tooth is found to be infected.
Gather the broken pieces and rinse them with cold water; bring them with you to our office. If you notice any bleeding, bite down on a piece of gauze until it stops. Avoid biting or chewing with the tooth in question; if the damage becomes severe enough, it might need to be extracted.
Find the tooth as soon as you can and pick it up by the crown (the end used for chewing). After rinsing it off in cool water, you can try putting it back in its socket. Otherwise, place it in a small container of milk. Replanting a tooth is more likely to be successful if you get to our office within the hour.
The tooth will most likely be sensitive and weakened. Place some clove oil on it for relief and avoid using that side of your mouth. A lost crown can be temporarily reattached with a dab of toothpaste or dental cement. In any case, it’s best to bring the restoration with you to our office in case it’s salvageable.
Saving your smile and stopping your pain should always be your first concern during a dental emergency. Sooner or later, though, you’ll have to consider the cost of your care. Some emergencies will be more costly to address than others depending on their complexity and the type of treatment required. We’ll make sure that you fully understand the costs before moving forward with your care. We accept various forms of dental insurance and can offer third-party financing to those who need it.