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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Whether your dental emergency involves a painful toothache or something as severe as a knocked-out tooth, the best thing you can do is seek out professional care as soon as possible. When you contact our dental office, we’ll walk you through first-aid tips so you can get a handle on the situation, and we’ll help you schedule an appointment immediately. However, if you’re unable to head straight to our dental office for any reason, be sure to take the following steps:

Toothaches

A toothache can be the result of a dental infection or physical trauma, but in either case, taking an OTC medication can help minimize any pain. Placing a cold compress on the face can provide some relief as well, but be sure to use one in 10-minute intervals so the skin isn’t damaged.

Chipped / Broken Teeth

Try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our dental office. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm water and avoid chewing with the remaining tooth. If it is irritating the inside of the mouth, cover it with a piece of sugarless gum or some dental wax.

Knocked-Out Tooth

We can definitely replant a tooth that has been knocked out, but only within an hour or so of the initial accident, so you need to move FAST in this situation. Find the tooth, only touch it by the crown, and rinse it off before trying to place it back into its socket. If this isn’t feasible, store it either in the cheek or a container with milk.

Lost Filling / Crown

While a lost restoration usually isn’t a reason to panic, you should still try to have the tooth repaired as soon as possible to prevent it from developing any damage or decay. Try to place the restoration back onto the tooth, and if it won’t stay, a small dab of toothpaste can help. Otherwise, keep it in a safe container until we can see you.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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  • Do you or your child like to play sports? Great! Just make sure you always wear a protective mouthguard to keep your teeth safe from unexpected impacts.
  • Enjoy chewing on ice or popcorn kernels? Don’t! Biting down onto extremely hard items can wear down the enamel and even cause teeth to chip and break.
  • Packages seem to be getting harder and harder to open these days but avoid the urge to use your teeth. Go get the scissors instead!
  • Most dental emergencies are caused by small problems going untreated for a long time, and you can stop these minor issues by consistently brushing and flossing your teeth and attending routine checkups.

Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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The cost of treating a dental emergency can vary widely from patient to patient depending on their specific situation. A toothache may just require a filling, while a more severely damaged tooth might need to be removed and replaced. We’ll work to get you out of pain before going over your repair options. For patients worried about paying for emergency treatment, flexible, low-to-no interest financing is easily available through our dental office.

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