Dental emergencies are stressful to deal with because they always happen at the most unexpected time. If you’re struggling to make a good decision for your oral and overall health in the moment, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Our team at Evergreen Dental Group will provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. That way, you won’t have to feel anxious and sit in discomfort for very long.
First, gently floss around your affected tooth to see if there’s a piece of debris causing you discomfort. If not, your toothache is likely a result of an infection, in which case you’ll need to visit your emergency dentist in Evergreen as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can ease your discomfort by taking an over-the-counter-pain medication such as ibuprofen.
If the area of your tooth that has broken off created a sharp edge that’s irritating your oral tissues, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum or orthodontic wax over it to avoid any wounds or scrapes. Be sure to retrieve the chipped piece of your tooth, gently rinse it off, and bring it to your appointment with you.
In this situation, time is of the essence. Try to get to our office within an hour of the incident so we have better odds of successfully replanting your tooth in its socket. Gently retrieve the tooth from the ground, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface. Rinse it under a cool stream of water without scrubbing it and place it in a sealable container filled with salt water or milk to keep the tooth viable. Bring it to your appointment with you.
Although a damaged or lost restoration may not seem like an emergency, if it’s not treated in a timely manner, it could result in the development of an infection. To temporarily protect your tooth if you’re able to find your restoration, be sure to gently rinse it under water and reattach it using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. Remember that this is only a temporary solution, and you’ll need to visit our office so we can repair or replace it to prevent the tooth from becoming infected.
Although dental emergencies aren’t 100 percent preventable, there are ways that you can reduce your risk of experiencing one. Here are some tips to keep you out of your emergency dentist’s office:
The cost of your emergency dental appointment can only be determined after we’re able to examine your mouth and establish a treatment plan for you. After we do that, we’ll walk you through your options and speak with you about insurance coverage and additional financing options that we offer. Our team strives to do our best to accommodate you in these stressful times, so just let us know if you have any concerns or questions during your appointment!