No one ever plans on having a dental emergency, but such situations do happen. When you find yourself in severe oral pain, the last thing you want to do is search frantically for a nearby dentist who is willing and able to treat you. That is why you should save our number in your phone right now; call us as soon as your dental emergency begins. We are ready to leap into action to relieve your pain and get your oral health back on track ASAP.
When you face a dental emergency, the first thing you should do is call The Center for Contemporary Dentistry. We will arrange to see you as soon as we can. In the meantime, though, they may be a few steps you can take on your own to mitigate your pain and minimize the damage to your oral health. Here are some basic first-aid guidelines that may apply to your situation:
You should avoid chewing with the painful tooth. An OTC medication may take the edge off of your discomfort. If the pain is dull, you might try flossing around the tooth to see if anything is lodged against it. On the other hand, if the pain is throbbing and sharp, you may have an infection that requires root canal therapy.
Collect any large pieces of your tooth that broke off and bring them with you to your appointment. To keep the broken tooth’s jagged edge from irritating the soft tissues in your mouth, you can place some sugar-free gum on top of it. OTC medication can help relieve any pain.
Time is of the essence when one of your teeth gets knocked out. Touching the tooth only by its top part, gently rinse off any debris. Then, try to replace it in its socket. If that is not possible, store it in a glass of milk or water. If you get to our office within an hour or two, we might be able to splint the tooth back into place.
You might be able to temporarily reattach a crown with dental cement from a local pharmacy. If you cannot put the restoration back into place, avoid using the tooth to chew, and stay away from anything that might irritate it (like hot or cold foods and beverages). During your appointment, we may be able to reattach the restoration permanently or replace it altogether.
To reduce your risk of facing a dental emergency, you should:
The cost of treating your emergency will depend on your specific situation. Some patients just need a prescription in order to feel better, whereas others require extensive treatment. During your emergency appointment, we will quickly provide you with an estimate for the cost of your care and help you explore your payment options. We work with many types of insurance. You may also be eligible for financing that will allow you to pay for your treatment over time.