Dental emergencies happen every day, but you never think that you’re going to be the person to experience one. When a dental emergency does occur, whether it’s due to long-term tooth decay that you never got treated or a physical injury while playing contact sports, you should always call your emergency dentist in Covington, GA, Dr. Stephen Dean, for treatment. He can make sure that you’re put on the right path towards saving your tooth, rather than putting your tooth at risk of even more harm. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, give our dental office a call today!
Regardless of the type of dental emergency you’re having, you should give our dental office a call first and foremost. This will give you a chance to schedule an emergency appointment. While we have you on the phone, we’ll explain what you can do right now to make your situation better. You can also find suggestions on what you should do next based on the current dental emergency you may be experiencing.
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris from between your teeth as this can be a common cause of tooth pain. Take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce discomfort. Use a cold compress to reduce any potential swelling.
Keep any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our dental office. Apply a cold compress to your face to manage swelling before you arrive. If the tooth is sharp or jagged as a result of the break, you can cover it with dental cement to prevent accidentally cutting your oral tissue. A crown may be able to restore the tooth depending on the severity.
Pick up the tooth by the crown portion and do your best to stay calm. Make sure that you do not remove any tissue still attached to the root and avoid touching the root. After gently rinsing off any dirt or debris, place the tooth back into your open socket. You can also keep it contained in milk, saltwater or saliva for preservation. We’ll do our best to reimplant it, just make sure to get to our dental office within the hour.
If you still have the crown, you can reattach it to your tooth using dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum if nothing else is available. If you do not have the restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. We’ll create a new restoration to cover it when you arrive.
Preventing most dental emergencies begins with routine oral hygiene. This means brushing and flossing daily as well as maintaining routine exams and cleanings at our dental office. You should also avoid chewing very hard foods or inedible objects that can damage teeth permanently. Never use your teeth as a tool and always make sure to wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports. You should also wear a nightguard if you suffer from chronic teeth grinding and clenching.
While it can be difficult to provide a specific cost for your dental emergency, you shouldn’t put off treatment because of it. Every dental emergency is unique, which means the complexity of your treatment depends on how complicated your dental emergency is. Needing an antibiotic to treat an infection is going to cost less than needing root canal therapy, but you won’t know for sure until you have an exam completed. We’ll always work with you when creating your treatment plan, no matter the cost that is needed to protect your oral health.