Dental emergencies come at the most unexpected times, making it difficult to prepare for them. As long as you have Healthy Smiles Dental Care’s number on-hand, you can trust that we’ll be able to provide you with fast and pain-relieving treatment. Plus, since we have five conveniently located practices, no matter where you are in The Mitt, you’ll be able to find us! If you’ve broken or knocked-out a tooth or are suffering from a severe toothache, contact our office as soon as possible so we can get you the care you need.
Handling dental emergencies is difficult because they always seem to happen at the most unexpected moments. That’s why it’s a good idea to have our number and address programed into your phone. As soon as an accident occurs, contact our office immediately so we can provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and schedule your appointment for as soon as possible. If you’re in pain or facing an urgent dental problem, we’ll do everything we can to fit you into our schedule the same day you call. Below, we’ve listed some helpful tips to make you feel more comfortable and reduce the chances of sustaining additional oral damage as you’re on your way to our office for your appointment.
Toothaches that are persistent and throbbing are often a sign of infected pulp and require root canal therapy. To help ease your pain in the meantime, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen and place a cold compress on the outside of your face for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off.
If you’re able to locate the piece of your tooth that has broken off, pick it up, store it in a sealable container, and bring it to your appointment. If the damage has created a sharp edge, you can place a piece of orthodontic wax over the area to prevent it from scraping the inside of your cheek or lips.
Time is of the essence, so quickly retrieve your tooth, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface and rinse it off under a cool stream of water. Store it in a sealable container filled with milk or saltwater to keep it viable. To minimize bleeding, you can place a piece of sterile gauze over the area.
If you’re able to find your restoration, pick it up, rinse it off, and place it back on your tooth, securing it with a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. If you can’t locate it, you can place a cotton ball with a small amount of clove oil on your tooth to soothe any sensitivity. Either way, be sure to get to our office as soon as possible so we can replace or repair the filling or crown.
While you can’t completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency, there are some ways you can reduce your risk. Here are a few helpful tips to stay out of your emergency dentist’s office:
In order to determine the cost of your emergency treatment, we’ll need to examine your mouth to find out what the problem is and how we’re going to fix it. Before we conduct any procedures, we’ll be sure to walk you through each of your treatment options and always keep you in the loop about what problems you face. Our team is proud to accept most PPO dental insurance plans and will always maximize your benefits. We also offer in-house savings plans as well, for our patients who don’t have insurance.