Dental emergencies deserve the same level of attention as any other emergency. After all, your tooth will not get better on its own if it is severely damaged by decay or injury. Dr. Brice and his team do everything they can to get you seen the same day. He’ll take the steps to confirm exactly what your dental issue is and make sure you leave the office pain-free, even if you may not get treatment that same day. If you’re suffering from a dental emergency, don’t put off care any longer; schedule an appointment with Brice Dental today!
While the steps to manage a dental emergency can vary, you should always start by giving our office a call. This gives you a chance to schedule an appointment and get helpful advice from our team on what to do next. Before you do arrive, there are ways you can improve your situation and make yourself more comfortable. Below, you’ll find our tips to handle everything from tooth pain to knocked-out teeth and more!
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris from in between your teeth and gum tissue. If pain persists, take ibuprofen or a similar anti-inflammatory. Apply a cold compress to your tooth if any swelling is present. We’ll confirm the cause of your toothache, then go from there.
Keep any pieces of your tooth that you can and take painkillers to alleviate any pain that’s present. You should also apply a cold compress to your cheek for at least 10 minutes, then remove it for an additional 10 minutes. Depending on the damage, we may be able to save the tooth by placing a crown.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion only, making sure to stay calm. Do not touch the root nor remove any tissue still attached to the tooth. After rinsing your mouth out and the tooth with cool water, place it back into your socket. If this is not possible, place it in a container of milk, saline solution, or saliva and get to our office within the hour. The sooner you arrive, the better your chances are of reimplanting the tooth.
If you still have the crown, keep it and bring it with you to the office. You can temporarily reattach it to your tooth with dental cement, denture adhesive or sugar-free chewing gum in a pinch. If you do not have the restoration, avoid eating or chewing on that side of your mouth until you get the crown replaced. We will most likely need to replace the crown, especially if it was very old.
Most dental emergencies can be avoided, but only if you take the time to practice daily oral care and commit to regular visits to our office for routine cleanings and exams. You should also be:
Before we can determine an exact cost of your dental emergency, you need to actually come to the practice so we can examine it more closely. Depending on your issue, your costs may be higher or lower than expected. For example, needing antibiotics for an oral infection is less costly than also needing a root canal to save your infected tooth. However, we do offer a $79 special for new patients, which includes an exam, cleaning, X-ray, and just about everything you may need to handle your emergency.