A day filled with happy smiles can change in an instant. One wrong move during an athletic match or a bite into a hard candy can lead to sudden dental damage that requires immediate care. If you broke an arm, you’d head straight to the emergency room, but what about a broken tooth? Many people don’t think of visiting their dentist for urgent care even after serious tooth damage. If you’re a dental patient of Epic Family Dentistry in Carrollton, don’t hesitate to call our dental office during an emergency. We’ll provide at-home care steps over the phone and schedule an appointment for you to come visit us as soon as possible.
When you call our team during a dental emergency, we’ll walk you through caring for your smile at home until you reach our office. Below, you’ll find some basic steps to take during common dental emergencies.
A serious toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages may be a warning sign that you need a root canal. Until you reach our office where we can verify that you’re in need of root canal therapy, you should take over the counter pain relievers to reduce discomfort. Topical numbing ointments can also be beneficial. You should avoid chewing with the damaged tooth and clean the area around the tooth carefully.
If the damaged area is bleeding, you may need to bite down on gauze to slow blood flow. To avoid additional damage to the tooth and surrounding teeth and oral structures, you should place orthodontic wax over the top of any sharp pieces of broken teeth. If there are large pieces of the tooth missing, bring them to the office with you. Don’t chew with the damaged tooth and clean the area around the tooth carefully.
Whenever possible, replace a knocked out tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, store the tooth in a container of milk or water until you reach the dental office. If you reach our office soon enough, we may be able to reattach the tooth. To hold the knocked out tooth in place, bite down on gauze or clean cloth. This will also help to slow blood flow. Take over the counter pain relievers as directed to reduce discomfort. Don’t chew in the area around the knocked out tooth and take special care to avoid the area when brushing and flossing your teeth.
If a filling is lost, check your tooth for any sharp areas and follow the directions for a chipped or broken tooth. If a crown is knocked out whole, you may be able to replace it over the top of the tooth. A small amount of denture adhesive can be used to hold it in position. Don’t chew with the damaged tooth and clean the area around the tooth carefully.
Like other oral health concerns, prevention is often the best medicine for dental emergencies. While you can’t always avoid an emergency, there are some steps you can take to limit your risk, including:
The price of your emergency dentistry treatment will depend on the severity of your situation and what restorative treatments are necessary to put the smile back on your face. During your emergency dentistry appointment, we’ll walk you through every step of the treatment process and all of your possible options to help you find the one that best meets your needs and fits your budget. We will also be happy to process dental insurance claims to further offset the cost of emergency treatment. When necessary, we can work with third-party financiers who specialize in offering low or no interest financing options for medical and dental care.