Easing Your Pain With Fast & Effective Treatment
It’s not surprising that many of our patients panic during a dental emergency because they always happen at the most unexpected moments. This can make it difficult to think clearly and make decisions that are great for your oral health. If you ever find yourself needing urgent dental attention, the first thing you should do is contact our office. Our team of friendly professionals will provide you with any first-aid guidance you need over-the-phone and schedule an appointment for as soon as possible. That way, you don’t have to spend the entire day in pain. We’re fully equipped with the latest technology to handle a wide range of emergencies in-house, and we’ll work as quickly as possible to solve your problem.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
In the heat of the moment, it can be hard to wrack your brain for what first-aid techniques you should use to prevent any additional damage from occurring. That’s why our team is available to help! If you’re experiencing any discomfort or out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, the first thing you should do is contact our office. For your convenience, we’ve also included some basic tips below to handle the most common dental emergencies.
Toothaches can occur for an issue as small as a lodged piece of popcorn between your teeth or as serious as a tooth infection. Gently maneuver a piece of dental floss around your affected tooth and rinse with salt water. If your pain persists, contact our office immediately so we can address the underlying problem. You can take ibuprofen to help with the pain in the meantime.
Chipped/ Broken Tooth
If your chipped or broken tooth is sharp, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum over the area to keep it from wounding your oral tissue. Bring the broken-off piece of your tooth to our office, and based on the extent of the damage, we’ll develop a treatment plan to repair your smile.
If your tooth is knocked-out, it’s important to visit our office as soon as possible, preferably within an hour of the incident. Pick up your tooth from the ground, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface. Gently rinse it under cool water and place it in a container of milk or salt water to keep it moist. Bring it to our office with you so we can attempt to replant it back in its socket.
Lost Filling/ Crown
You can temporarily reattach your filling or crown if you’re able to find it by applying a small dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive to the area and securing it back on your tooth. Keep in mind that this is a temporary solution, so you’ll still need to visit our office so we can repair or reattach the restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While it’s impossible to prevent all dental emergencies, there are a few simple things you can do day to day to make sure you never have to make a surprise visit to the dentist:
- Always wear a mouthguard while playing sports, no matter your age or level of play.
- Don’t chew on extremely hard things like ice or rock candies.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools to open bottles or packages.
- Come see us for routine checkups and cleanings so we can catch and treat a small problem before it turns into an emergency later.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Every dental emergency is different depending on the damage that your mouth has sustained and what type of treatment you require, which means that we’ll need to examine your mouth before we’re able to provide you with the cost for your appointment. We’ll discuss each of your treatment options with you as well as your financial options. We offer affordable monthly payment plans through CareCredit and also accept and file insurance claims for you!
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
A dental emergency can happen anytime, so you need to be ready. That means making sure you’re equipped to deal with any issues that arise and can act appropriately should the worst happen. At Premier Care Dental, we want our patients to be well-educated so that they can protect their oral health as well as possible. Call us if you have any questions about dental emergencies; to get you started, here are the answers to some common inquiries that we’ve received.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
Not sure whether the pain in your mouth is a serious problem or not? “Dental emergency” applies to many different situations, so it can be hard to create a “catch-all” definition for it. In general, you should call your emergency dentist in Medford right away if you’re dealing with severe discomfort, sudden swelling, or bleeding that won’t subside. Toothaches that last more than a couple of days should be treated as emergencies as well. Cracked or broken teeth may not cause any pain initially, but you should have them checked as quickly as possible.
Should I Call the Dentist or a Hospital?
For severe traumas such as fractured jaws, dislocations, cuts that won’t stop bleeding or swelling that’s making it hard to breathe or swallow, you should call the nearest emergency room. Otherwise, for time-sensitive issues that aren’t life-threatening (such as a missing tooth that needs to be replanted within the hour or a toothache that needs to be treated before the infection gets worse), call our practice as soon as you can. We’ll do our best to see you on the same day whenever possible, and we can always help point you in the right direction for the treatment you need.
Do I Need Treatment Right Away?
In general, dental health issues aren’t going to go away on their own. Broken teeth, for example, can’t regenerate like bone does if they’re broken, so you’ll need attention from a dentist in order to address the issue. Also, if your tooth is infected, the pain might go away on its own, but that’s because the nerve inside the tooth has been destroyed; it’s actually a sign that the infection is getting worse. In general, a dental emergency is easier to deal with if you get treatment in a timely manner, so don’t delay if you notice something’s wrong.
Will My Insurance Cover My Emergency Treatment?
Every insurance plan is different, and the coverage you receive usually depends on the treatment you need, but in general you should be able to save some money for treatments that are important for your health. Premier Care Dental is happy to accept your plan and will file the claim, handle the paperwork and perform any necessary follow-up to make sure you get the most out of the benefits you’re entitled to. If you don’t have dental insurance, financing is available through CareCredit or Proceed Finance, which offer easy-to-understand, low-to-no interest payment plans that help millions of people around the country.