If your tooth has become infected due to decay or you’ve fallen while playing sports, leaving your tooth broken or fractured, you are experiencing a dental emergency. Regardless of how it occurs, you should address it first by giving Dr. Gizachew a call as soon as possible. This way you can schedule an emergency appointment. From there, you can review our variety of in-house dental solutions. If you’re ready to get relief sooner, rather than later, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Before you get to the office, it’s important that you make sure that your teeth does not break down anymore and that you do whatever you can to manage dental pain during your emergency. Start by giving us a call so you can get helpful advice from our team members. They will help you manage your symptoms until you arrive. Of course, this is only half the battle. It’s easier to stay calm when you know the right steps for handling your dental emergency. Below, you can learn some of these steps that help you address different types of dental emergencies.
Take a 12 to 18-inch strand of dental floss and slide it between your teeth. Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water as well. This should remove any food debris stuck in your smile and causing pain. If this does not work, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the time being. You can also apply a cold compress to your face if swelling appears. Toothaches should not be ignored as they could be a sign of an infection. If this is the case, root canal therapy will be needed.
Start by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water and apply gauze to the tooth if it is bleeding. If the tooth is badly damaged, we may need to remove it. Do not bite or chew any food for now to prevent future fracture of the tooth. Still have a broken portion of your tooth? Bring it to the office for closer examination.
When a permanent tooth is knocked out, it doesn’t mean it can’t be reimplanted. However, it needs to be done within the hour. That’s why it’s so important to call us as soon as possible to set up a visit. Before you arrive, pick up the tooth by the crown portion and do not touch the root (bottom) portion. Gently rinse any dirt or debris from the tooth and avoid removing any tissue still attached. If the tooth cannot be placed back into your socket, place it in milk or salt water to keep it preserved.
Take the restoration out of your mouth so you do not accidentally swallow it. Dental cement can be used to fill damaged tooth as well as secure your restoration. However, it should not be considered a permanent solution. Keep the tooth clean before you get to our office. If you notice tooth sensitivity, you can also apply clove oil to your restoration before reseating the restoration.
The costs associated with treatment for your dental emergency are largely more expensive than preventive checkups and cleanings, but this can vary depending on what type of dental emergency you are experiencing. The procedures needed to complete treatment can also influence your overall cost. Remember, you should never put off care for a dental emergency as the longer you wait to get it handled, the more likely your issue will worsen and cause more pain and result in higher dental costs.