It’s difficult to be prepared for a dental emergency, because they always happen at the moments when you least expect them to. The best first-step you could take is to call your local emergency dentist as soon as possible. Our team will work quickly to schedule an appointment the same day you call for emergency dentistry in Texas City, TX, so you won’t need to sit in discomfort wondering how bad the damage actually is. We’ll also provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance to minimize any additional harm to your mouth.
In the time between when the emergency happens and when you reach our dental office for treatment, it’s important to follow our first-aid steps to help minimize any pain you’re feeling and prevent any additional damage to your mouth. Below, we’ve included some additional helpful tips on how to handle the most common dental emergencies that we see.
Toothaches are often a sign of infections that are hidden deep beneath the enamel of your tooth, in the inner chamber. To help with the pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, for up to an hour.
If you’re able to retrieve the broken-off portion of your tooth from the ground, be sure to do so and rinse it off under some water. Bring it with you to your appointment. If the damage has created a jagged edge, you can place a piece of orthodontic wax over your tooth to shield your oral tissues from irritation.
Find your knocked-out tooth, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface, and gently rinse it off with some water. To keep it viable, store it in a sealable container filled with milk or a salt water mixture and get to our dental office within an hour of the accident.
If you’re able to find your lost restoration, pick it up and rinse any debris off. You can temporarily place it back on your tooth using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. However, it’s important to remember that you should get it professionally repaired or replaced to prevent an infection from developing.
The way the teeth fit together and function affects the jaw muscles and joints. When these get over-stimulated or work in disharmony, they often cause pain which can affect the head and neck, causing uncomfortable symptoms like headaches. Oftentimes, there appears to also be an earache when the problem is in the temporomandibular joint. We have technology and treatments which can help relieve these problems, which you can learn more about by clicking the link below.
Even though it’s impossible to completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency, there are some ways you can drastically reduce your risk of them occurring, including:
To determine the cost of your emergency treatment, we’ll need to first examine your mouth and diagnose the underlying issue that’s causing you pain. From here, we can determine what type of treatment would provide you with lasting protection and relief. We’ll walk you through all of your treatment options as well as discuss financing and dental insurance coverage with you before we move forward with any procedure. That way, you’ll never feel like you’re left in the dark.
We regularly conduct root canal therapy for patients who have infected or severely damaged teeth that are causing them pain or discomfort. Although this treatment has a notorious reputation of being painful, we’ll inject a local anesthetic into the area we’ll be treating before beginning, so you won’t feel an ounce of discomfort. Root canals allow us to preserve your natural tooth structure, and many of our patients who receive this treatment are able to continue comfortably using their treated tooth for the rest of their lives.
We understand that there’s no substitution quite like your natural teeth, which is why we’ll do everything within our power to save them if they’re damaged or infected. Unfortunately, in some situations where an issue could spread and affect your surrounding teeth, we may recommend removing the damaged tooth. The good news is that you won’t have to live with a gap in your smile, because we can replace it with a dental implant, bridge, or other restoration as soon as possible!