When you’re experiencing severe pain or you’ve sustained a broken bone, it’s much more clear cut that you need emergency services right away. In the case of oral injuries, it’s not always so obvious. If you have a bad toothache or it’s become chipped, is it considered a dental emergency? The dentists at Texas Dentistry want you to know that the next best step is to always give us a call. Not only can we get you scheduled, but we can provide valuable advice on stabilizing your condition before you arrive for emergency dentistry in Kaufman!
If you believe you may be having a dental emergency, start by giving our dental office a call. It doesn’t matter if your tooth is hurting severely as a result of tooth decay or physical trauma, calling us gives you a chance to schedule an appointment. One of our team members will gladly inform you of what to do next and make sure that you’re condition is managed before you get to our dental office. In the meantime, here’s what our dentists recommend you do to improve your condition depending on the type of emergency you’re having.
Rinse your mouth out with warm water and use floss to remove any potential food trapped in between your teeth. Avoid aspirin as this can cause a burning sensation to your gum tissue. Use an ice pack to reduce swelling, removing and reapplying in 10-minute intervals. Take ibuprofen to reduce discomfort.
Gently rinse your mouth out with warm water to make sure no dirt or debris is caught in the tooth. Use a cold compress to reduce lip or facial swelling. If the crack extends below the gum line, you need to get a dentist right away. If the crack is more minimal and no discomfort is present, you can wait until normal business hours to address your tooth.
Stay calm and locate the tooth. Once found, pick it up by the crown portion only. Avoid touching the root or removing any tissue still attached. Use cold water to remove debris, but do not scrub the tooth unnecessarily. After rinsing your mouth out with warm water, attempt to place the tooth back into the socket. Gently bite down to keep the tooth in the socket. If not possible, keep the tooth inside of a container of milk, salt water, or saliva. Get to our work within the next 30 minutes for the best chances of reimplantation.
While a loose or lost restoration may not be as big of a dental emergency as a broken or knocked-out tooth, chewing can feel incredibly uncomfortable without a restoration to cover it. If you still have the restoration, use either a dental cement, denture adhesive or petroleum jelly to re-seat it to your damaged tooth. If you do not have the restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until getting to our dental office.
Use dental floss to remove the debris. It may help to create one to two knots in the floss first so that it can more effectively remove the debris. Avoid using sharp or metal objects which can damage gum tissue and tooth enamel.
Use a clean cloth or gauze to apply gentle pressure to your tongue, lip or cheek. This will work to stop bleeding and help the wound heal. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and discomfort in the affected area. If bleeding does not stop after 20 minutes, get to our dental office or the nearest emergency room.
Do not move the jaw under any circumstances. You can stabilize the jaw by tying a towel, necktie, or cloth around the top of the head. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and get to either an oral surgeon or emergency room right away. Once you’ve stabilized, you can address any potential damage to your teeth at our dental office.
Place vitamin E oil to canker or cold sores directly. You can also use over-the-counter medications found at your local pharmacy or grocery store. If they are severe, visit our dental office. Always make sure that the person who is watching your child has easy access to our dental office’s phone number.
When it comes to avoiding dental emergencies, the best thing you can do is practice daily oral care (brushing and flossing) and maintain routine checkups and cleanings at our dental office. These habits allow you to catch problems before they become dental emergencies. You’ll also want to avoid chewing on extremely hard foods or inedible objects (pens, packages, ice cubes, hard candy), all of which can cause teeth to crack or chip. Use a mouthguard if you play in contact sports.
The overall cost of your dental treatment can vary depending on the severity of the emergency itself. For example, oral infections may only require antibiotics if they are not severe. However, more extensive treatments may require root canal therapy which does require more time and resources to complete. Regardless, the last thing you should do is allow your condition to worsen, which will likely only result in higher overall costs. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that’s affordable and manageable.
Do you still have questions about what you would do if a dental emergency happened? At Texas Dentistry, our team will be here for through every step of the process. If you have any questions, never hesitate to contact our office first! For your convenience, we’ve also answered some common questions that we receive from our emergency patients below.
Facial swelling is a common result of dental emergencies like tooth infections and trauma. As soon as you notice it, you can place a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off for an hour at a time. This will help bring down the puffiness and even ease any discomfort or pain associated with it. If your swelling is the result of an infection, be sure not to place heat on the area, because it will allow the infection to progress faster and even spread to other teeth.
Tooth pain can be caused by a variety of problems, including a lodged popcorn kernel, enamel erosion, or even a tooth infection. When you arrive at our office, our emergency dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and take X-rays to determine the source of your pain. If it’s an infection, we’ll likely need to treat it with root canal therapy. Although this procedure has a reputation for being painful, our team uses the latest techniques and technology to make sure that you don’t feel an ounce of discomfort during the process. We also offer a variety of sedation techniques that will help keep you calm and relaxed throughout your treatment.
Unfortunately, our office isn’t equipped to handle all situations. Some life-threatening issues may require medical attention first, before we’re able to tend to your teeth. In these cases, it’s important to visit your local emergency room first. Here are some signs that you need urgent medical treatment and should go to the ER:
Once you get the care you need from the hospital, our team of professionals will help restore your oral health and smile at our office, so don’t forget to schedule an appointment as soon as you’re available.
As much as everyone would like to hold out hope that their oral pain will go away on its own and they won’t have to deal with a stressful emergency visit, that rarely happens. In fact, usually, the longer you wait to address oral pain like a toothache, the worse it will get and harder the problem will be to treat. That’s why it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment before it’s too late.
I Need a Checkup & Cleaning I am Looking for a Dentist for My Child I Want to Enhance My Smile I Have a Cavity or Broken Tooth I am Missing One or More Teeth I Would Like a Straighter Smile I am Nervous/Afraid of the Dentist I am Concerned About Bleeding Gums I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed View Our Services