Dental emergencies are an unfortunate part of life. You’re eating something crunchy, and suddenly a tooth cracks or you wake up in the morning with swelling and pain in your jaw. Many people head straight to the emergency room when they have tooth pain. The truth is that this is usually not very helpful. Most ER doctors aren’t equipped to treat specific dental problems. At most, they may prescribe antibiotics and refer you to a dentist anyway. Save time and money by calling South Arlington Smiles instead. Our team will schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible, often that very same day.
When a dental emergency strikes, your first order of business should be to call our office. We’ll get you in for an appointment quickly. In the meantime, we can provide over-the-phone guidance for dealing with your situation, which may look something like this:
Is a piece of food or another object stuck between your teeth? If the discomfort persists after rinsing and flossing, take an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen. Hold a cold compress to your cheek in ten-minute intervals if there is any swelling.
Retrieve all the pieces of the tooth you can find. Place them in a secure, lidded container and bring them with you to our office. A cold compress can mitigate swelling. To prevent the remaining tooth from piercing the inside of your mouth, cover it with a piece of sugarless gum.
Our chances of saving the tooth are best if you quickly rinse it with cool water, avoiding the root area. Try to replace the tooth in the socket, but don’t force it. If you can't replace the tooth, keep it in a glass of milk or your cheek pocket. Call our office immediately and get here as soon as you can, preferably within an hour of the incident.
Give the restoration a gentle rinse and attempt to place back on your tooth. If it won’t stay, a smear of toothpaste should help, but this is only a temporary solution. Until we can permanently reattach the crown or filling, avoid directly chewing with the tooth.
When it comes to dental emergencies, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure. Take the following precautions to safeguard your smile:
Because dental emergencies can vary greatly from person to person, there is no set cost of emergency treatment. The price will depend on your unique situation. Keep in mind that seeking treatment as soon as possible can prevent your problem from worsening and requiring more expensive procedures. To make emergency care more affordable, we are in-network with most dental insurance plans and offer flexible payment options.