Is your tooth in severe pain or even broken into multiple pieces? Do your teeth hurt so bad that chewing becomes an impossible task? Is your tooth knocked-out completely? The last thing you should do is put off an emergency visit to our dental office when in pain, especially if you want to save your tooth! Our dental office takes these issues very seriously and will do everything possible to resolve your problem the same day it occurs. Call our dental office now if you’re experiencing a dental emergency!
Your dental emergency will likely fall into one of two categories. The first is long-term emergencies that appear as a result of untreated tooth decay or oral infection. The second is sudden, short-term emergencies caused by physical trauma. Always call our dental office if either of these situations occurs so we can schedule your emergency appointment. Until you get to our dental office, read our tips on how you can address your emergency.
Use floss to remove food debris that could be applying pressure to your teeth. If flossing does not relieve your discomfort, take ibuprofen or a similar over-the-counter pain killer. Avoid aspirin as it can cause a burning sensation if it comes into direct contact with the tooth. If swelling is present, apply an ice pack to your cheek for no longer than 10 minutes before removing it. After an evaluation, Dr. Neslund will determine if a dental filling, antibiotics, or root canal therapy is needed to get you out of pain.
Collect any pieces of the tooth that you can and apply a cold compress to your face to reduce swelling. Remove the compress after 10 minutes and reapply it after waiting an additional 10 minutes. If the tooth is sharp or jagged, cover it with wax paraffin or sugarless gum to prevent it from cutting your lips, cheek or tongue. For these cases, direct bonding, a same-day crown, extraction, and/or tooth replacement may be needed.
Stay calm and locate the tooth as quickly as possible. Once found, pick it up by the crown and avoid touching the root. Do not remove any tissue still attached to the root. After gently cleaning the tooth of any debris and rinsing your mouth out with warm water, place the tooth back into your socket. You can also use milk, saltwater or saliva to preserve it for up to one hour. If we cannot replant the tooth, we will explain your tooth replacement options.
Locate the restoration and clean off any debris. Use clove oil directly to your damaged tooth to reduce discomfort before trying to reapply the crown. Additionally, either dental cement or denture adhesive can secure the crown temporarily. These two products can be found in any grocery store or pharmacy. However, in most cases, Dr. Neslund will need to replace the restoration entirely.
Preventive dentistry is the key to avoiding dental emergencies. This includes brushing and flossing daily as well as visiting our dental office for routine checkups every six months. If you are active in contact sports or other high impact activities, wear a mouthguard every time you participate. If we find that you have a teeth grinding habit, we may recommend the use of a nightguard to prevent cracked or chipped teeth. Never use your teeth to open packages or bottles and avoid chewing on inedible objects or ice.
The best way to determine the cost of your dental emergency is by having Dr. Neslund evaluate your case directly. The sooner you get to our dental office, the sooner we can determine what sort of treatment is needed. Each dental service comes with its own unique cost, which is why an initial consultation is important. When you arrive, we’ll make sure you’re feeling comfortable, get you examined as soon as possible, and discuss your treatment plan in better detail.