Dental emergencies are never something that should be put off. Whether it’s a cracked or knocked-out tooth or a severe toothache, the last thing we want to do is allow your condition to worsen. That’s why Dr. Crofoot and Dr. Snarr always make an effort to see you the same day that your emergency occurs. If you’re in need of emergency treatment, don’t wait to pick up the phone and call our dental office today!
Regardless of the type of dental emergency you’re experiencing, you should always give our dental office a call when it occurs. Not only can we get you scheduled for an emergency appointment, but we can provide valuable information that helps you stabilize your condition. Until you get to our dental office, take a moment to learn exactly how to manage your emergency. The better prepared you are, the more positive your outcome will be.
Use floss to remove any potential food debris from between your teeth. If pain persists, take an over-the-counter painkiller, such as ibuprofen, until you get to our dental office. Avoid aspirin if you can as direct contact with this painkiller can cause a burning sensation and lead to additional damage.
Collect any remaining pieces of the tooth that you can find and bring them to our dental office. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling present. If the tooth is jagged or sharp, use sugarless gum or dental wax to temporarily cover the tooth. This will prevent you from accidentally cutting your inner cheek, lip or tongue.
Do your best to stay calm as you search for your tooth. Once found, pick it up by the crown portion. Make sure not to touch the root or any tissue still attached. Gently rinse the tooth of any debris with cool water. After rinsing your mouth out with warm water, place the tooth back into your socket to keep it preserved. Alternatively, you can place the tooth in a container of milk, saltwater, or inside your cheek pocket to keep it moist. Keeping the tooth wet improves the chances of reimplantation.
Lost restorations expose your damaged tooth to air and temperature, making it more vulnerable to discomfort and even infection. After rinsing your mouth and the crown, use a dental cement or denture adhesive to temporarily protect your natural tooth. This should not be considered a permanent solution. Always call our dental office right away so we can repair or replace your restoration.
Staying proactive against dental emergencies is half the battle! With daily brushing and flossing as well as routine checkups and cleanings at our dental office, you can avoid a majority of dental emergencies. If you participate in any contact sports, always wear a protective mouthguard, ideally a custom-made variety for improved comfort and protection. Avoid chewing on ice or other hard and sticky foods. Do not use your teeth for tasks that are better suited for tools.
Depending on the extent of your emergency, the cost of your treatment can largely vary. While a minor oral infection may only require a prescription to resolve, other issues may require complex restorations or root canal therapy to treat. During your visit, either Dr. Crofoot or Dr. Snarr will examine your issue, then provide the best recommendation to get your oral health back on the right track. We’ll go over your treatment plan in great detail before performing any step of your treatment so you feel as comfortable and informed as possible.
No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but 1 in 6 Americans will face this situation each year. If it happens to you, it’s normal to feel caught a bit off guard. You’re sure to have several questions, and you may not know what to do. Don’t worry, we’ll help you through the difficult time. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few common questions we hear to ease your anxieties.
When an emergency strikes, your first instinct might be to head to the hospital. While this is the best move when facing a medical situation, there isn’t too much an emergency room can do to treat dental concerns. At most, they can prescribe antibiotics or pain relievers. They can’t treat the underlying cause of the problem.
It’s best to visit your emergency dentist. We will find the source of the issue and provide the appropriate treatment to stop your pain and save your smile; however, if you suspect a broken jaw or you have a medical emergency, go to the hospital first. We will be here for you after you’re released.
No one has the time in their day for an unplanned trip to their dentist. It’s tempting to wait to see your dentist until you have a bit more flexibility in your schedule. Although this might be the convenient solution, you might lose your tooth.
Instead, it’s best to contact our office as soon as possible. We do everything we can to provide same-day appointments and use the latest technologies to spend less time in the dental chair. You’ll enjoy accessible services without compromising the quality of the results.
A problematic tooth can be a leading source of discomfort if it isn’t treated. Extracting it will eliminate the issue, but it opens the door to a new list of complications because every tooth is essential to your oral health and functions. If one is missing, you’ll need to invest in a dental prosthetic to save your smile from additional damage.
You can avoid the hassle by having your tooth treated. We will evaluate it to provide the appropriate treatment. If there aren’t any viable options to restore its health, we will recommend having it removed. If an extraction is in your best interest, we will take the time to explain your replacement options, like using a dental implant.
Every policy differs, but most dental insurances will cover at least 1 emergency visit per year. Our office will work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary claims and forms to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept a variety of payment options for any remaining balance. We will help you find the solutions you need to rehabilitate your smile without breaking the bank.