How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
There are basically two different kinds of dental emergencies: those that occur suddenly due to an accident, and those that develop slowly over time until the problem is too much to ignore. What do they have in common? They are never planned. However, if you’re in Dallas, you can rest easy knowing that you have an emergency dentist ready to help should the unexpected ever happen to you or your child’s smile. Here are some common dental emergencies and tips on how to handle them:
If you have a toothache, try flossing around the area to dislodge potentially stuck food debris. If your pain persists, call our office right away. You may have an infection or abscess that needs a root canal to remove any decayed or damaged dental pulp from the inside of your tooth. Dr. Sadeghi’s main goal is to get his patients out of pain as swiftly as possible.
Did you chip or break a tooth? Apply gauze to the affected area to stop bleeding and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. After you’ve made yourself more comfortable, you should contact our office right away. Dr. Sadeghi can repair your tooth seamlessly, but if it’s too damaged, he may have to extract it to provide you with relief.
If your tooth gets knocked-out, pick it up by the crown to avoid damaging its roots. Rinse it off, and then try to put it back in your socket, holding it in place with your tongue. If this isn’t possible, don’t worry! Just keep it in water or milk until you can visit our office. The sooner you can see Dr. Sadeghi, the better your chances are of your tooth being successfully replanted.
Losing a crown or filling can be painful because it exposes the sensitive inner portion of your tooth. If this occurs, use dental cement found at your local drugstore to reattach your crown or cover your tooth. This will provide you with protection until you’re able to visit our office.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Emergencies are impossible to plan for, which means they can never be 100% prevented. However, you can use these tips to minimize your chances of one occurring:
- Visit our office for regular dental checkups and cleanings.
- Brush and floss your teeth daily to keep them strong, healthy, and clean.
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash to keep your tooth enamel strong.
- Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing and speaking.
- Avoid chewing on hard items like nutshells or ice cubes.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because there is a wide-variety of dental emergencies, their cost can vary greatly. Some emergencies can be treated with simple antibiotics, while others may require extensive restoration. The type of emergency that you have and the treatment that you need for it will be the main deciding factors in the cost of your dental emergency. Dr. Sadeghi will carefully examine your mouth to create a personalized treatment plan that includes cost.