When you break a bone in your arm or leg, it’s pretty much a no-brainer to seek emergency treatment. However, people are usually a bit more hesitant to get treatment for oral pain or injuries. Does an intense toothache or a chipped tooth warrant urgent dental care? At Anderson Family Dental, we highly recommend calling your emergency dentist in Gahanna any time you experience any situation like this, however minor. After all, it’s much better to be safe than sorry! When you call us with a dental emergency, our team will do our utmost to get you in for an appointment on the very same day.
If you think you might have a dental emergency, the first thing you should do is give us a call to schedule a visit. In the meantime, here are some steps you can take to handle your situation.
Gently floss around the area and rinse with saltwater to remove any food debris that may be caught between your teeth and causing your pain. If that’s not the case, take over-the-counter pain medications. Just be sure to NOT place aspirin directly on the site, as that can irritate your gums and ultimately worsen your pain.
Rinse your mouth with warm water. If your face or lip are swelling, apply a cold compress to the area in 10-minute intervals to reduce both swelling and pain. You could also take store-bought pain relievers like ibuprofen to alleviate your discomfort until your appointment with your dentist in Gahanna.
Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown, or the top portion you use to chew. Do NOT touch the pointed root or remove any tissue that may still be attached. Rinse the tooth with cold water, but avoid scrubbing it. Try to reposition the tooth back in the socket and bite down on a piece of cloth or gauze to keep the tooth in place. If you can’t, store the tooth in your cheek pocket or a container filled with milk and bring it with you to our office. You have an hour at most to get to us before the tooth is no longer viable for reattachment.
While a lost crown or filling is not as urgent as a broken or knocked-out tooth, it can still leave your tooth vulnerable to infection or damage. Locate the restoration and gently rinse it off. Use either dental cement, dental adhesive, or petroleum jelly to temporarily reposition it back onto the tooth. Avoid using any kind of glue, as that could permanently damage your tooth and/or the crown or filling.
Did you know that many dental emergencies can actually be avoided by coming in twice a year for a checkup and cleaning? At these appointments, we can diagnose potential warning signs of an emergency, like a cavity or minorly cracked tooth. Regular cleanings can also rid your mouth of harmful bacteria that result in infection. Another way to avoid emergencies is by wearing a mouthguard every time you play sports or engage in solo physical activity. Lastly, be mindful of your habits; don’t chew on hard objects like ice, pencils, or your fingernails.
The cost of your treatment will depend on the severity of your dental emergency. For example, a minor cavity will usually only require a small filling and maybe a round of antibiotics. However, more extensive situations might necessitate root canal therapy or a tooth extraction, which require more resources and time and are thus more costly. No matter how much your treatment costs, the last thing you should do is put off getting the treatment that you need. Oral health issues generally only worsen with time and require more expensive treatment the longer you wait. Our friendly and helpful team will work with you to create a customized and affordable treatment plan for you.