If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, whether it’s a severe toothache or broken/knocked out tooth, the absolute last thing you want to do is waste time in a waiting room. But, that’s exactly what will happen if you go to the ER with a dental issue. Instead, we invite you to call MMS Family Dentistry to get the immediate care you need. Our expert dentists are able to handle all types of emergencies in-house, and we’ll even schedule an appointment to see you the same day as your call when possible. That way, you can achieve fast relief!
Ideally, as soon as there is a dental emergency, you should contact our office. This will allow our team to walk you through first-aid tips over the phone. We’ll also be able to schedule an appointment to see you ASAP. There are a few simple things you can do on your own to reduce any discomfort, however, and they can also give us a better chance of saving a distressed tooth. When faced with these common situations, be sure to:
A toothache can be caused by a cavity, crack in the enamel, or just a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. After rinsing and flossing around the tooth, if the pain continues, take an OTC medication like ibuprofen and apply a cold compress to the face in 10-minute intervals.
Often the result of a sports-related accident or simple trip-and-fall, the first thing you should do is gather as many pieces of the tooth that you can. Put them in a safe container, and place a cold compress on the face to manage any pain or swelling. The remaining tooth may have a rough edge, and it should be covered using either dental wax or a piece of sugar-free gum.
Once a tooth has been knocked out, our team can secure it back into place, but only within an hour or so of the incident. As quickly as you can, find the tooth, give it a brief rinse, and try to keep it wet until we see you. You can do this by placing it back into the socket, holding it between the cheek and gums, or putting it in a container with milk or saltwater. This will keep the tooth alive so we can replant it!
While this kind of issue might not cause any discomfort initially, you should still have a broken dental restoration repaired right away to prevent the tooth from developing any decay or damage. After cleaning off the restoration, try to place it back onto your tooth until we can see you. If it won’t stay, a small dab of toothpaste should help.
Here are a few simple ways to keep you and your loved ones safe from dental emergencies:
Because there are so many types of dental emergencies, all of which can have varying levels of severity, there is no fixed cost for urgent dental care. One patient might just need a small filling for a minor toothache, while another may require multiple teeth to be removed and replaced. Our goal with each patient is to get them out of pain before discussing how we can repair any damage. To make this type of care more affordable, we accept all dental insurance plans and also offer low-to-no interest financing.