It’s rare that a dental emergency occurs when it’s convenient or well-timed. If you or someone close to you is struggling with dental symptoms, such as tooth pain or fractured enamel, don’t wait to contact Addison Family Dentistry for help and treatment. We will do everything we can to get you seen by our dentists; oftentimes, we can get you scheduled for a same-day appointment for emergency dentistry in Addison, TX, so you aren’t left to deal with your discomfort.
When a dental emergency occurs, it’s generally as a result of two different causes. The first is a situation where the patient experienced an injury at no fault of their own, such as through a bad fall or having a ball thrown in their face. This injury can result in a dental fracture, oral bleeding, or even knocked-out teeth. The second cause is from neglecting oral hygiene and allowing an issue to fester and develop, such as an oral infection. If you experience a dental emergency, consider the following tips on what to do when faced with some of these situations.
Food debris can easily get caught in between teeth and gum tissue, causing pain and discomfort. Rule out this possibility by flossing and rinsing your mouth out with water. If discomfort continues, you need to contact our dental office to schedule an appointment. It’s likely that tooth decay is present and needs to be treated with root canal therapy. You can always take some painkillers like ibuprofen to manage your symptoms. Avoid taking aspirin as it can actually cause more discomfort if it comes into direct contact with your tooth.
Chipped and broken teeth can occur at varying severities. Start by confirming if any pieces of the tooth have become dislodged. If so, collect them and bring them to our dental office. If you experience facial swelling, place a cold compress on your face to keep it under control. Our dentists just might be able to restore your tooth with a dental crown. However, if the damage is too severe, we may need to extract the tooth outright. Whatever the outcome might be, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us for help and treatment.
Make sure to stay calm and look for the tooth. Once you find it, rinse any foreign debris from the white crown portion. Do not remove any connective tissue from the tooth in the process and avoid touching the root. Gently place the tooth back into your open socket. If this cannot be done in a safe manner, try holding the tooth in your cheek pocket or keep it in a container of milk. The window for reattaching the tooth is very short, so do not hesitate to contact our dental office for further instructions.
Losing a dental restoration is not quite as serious as other dental emergencies, but it can still cause quite a bit of unpleasant sensitivity and discomfort. This is because the damaged tooth is exposed to the elements as well as oral bacteria. With the help of some denture adhesive or dental cement, you may be able to temporarily reattach the crown. The best place to check for these products is your local pharmacy. Always call Addison Family Dentistry so we can schedule you for an appointment to replace your dental restoration.
If you’re looking for ways to reduce you and your family’s risk for developing a dental emergency, consider the following tips below:
Since no two emergencies are the same, some patients may only need prescription drugs to treat their emergency, while others may need a more complex reconstructive treatment, such as a dental crown or dental implants. During your emergency appointment, we’ll go over any relevant findings and provide treatment recommendations based on these findings. We’ll provide full transparency when outlining prices before beginning any actual treatment. We’re also happy to file insurance claims on your behalf for convenience.
Do you still have questions about what to do in case a dental emergency occurs? When you contact Addison Family Dentistry, our team will walk you through any first-aid advice and make sure that all of your questions are answered. We’ve also answered some common questions we receive below from our patients for your convenience.
Facial swelling can occur for a variety of reasons, including a tooth infection or dental trauma. You can place a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for up to an hour to help bring down any puffiness. This will also help ease any lingering pain that your oral health problem may be causing. If your swelling is being caused by an infection, don’t use any type of heat on the area, because it could cause the issue to rapidly spread, making it worse than it already is.
During a dental emergency, it can be hard to problem-solve and hash out what’s the best action to take for your health. Even though our office is highly advanced and our team is experienced, certain emergencies we simply can’t treat and require a visit to your local emergency room. These include:
In these scenarios, you’ll need to receive medical attention before we can address any dental damage and treat lingering oral health problems. After you visit the ER, be sure to contact our office so we can provide you with the additional dental services you need.
If you’re experiencing oral pain or discomfort, chances are, your body is letting you know that something serious is wrong and you need urgent care. For fast pain relief and peace-of-mind, don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’ll ask you about your symptoms and let you know whether your problem needs to be taken care of right away, or whether it can wait.