A dental emergency can be a frightening and often painful experience. And as if that weren’t bad enough, a dental emergency is almost always inconvenient! For these reasons, Dr. Jasmine King and our caring staff at Summer Creek Dentistry offer emergency dentistry in Fort Worth, Texas, and we promise to be here for you when you need us most. If you find yourself in the midst of a dental emergency, call our dental office right away. Whether you are a patient of record or a new patient, we will be happy to assist you. We’ll be able to offer advice on how best to cope with the emergency at hand and, if necessary, we can schedule an appointment for immediate treatment.
There are two general types of dental emergencies: an unexpected accident or injury to the mouth and a longer-term infection or toothache. If you’re not sure whether your situation is an emergency, call Summer Creek Dentistry anyway. We’d much rather see you for a non-emergency than have an actual emergency go untreated.
Of course, there are some situations that are unquestionable dental emergencies. Here are few of them and some ideas of what you can do until Dr. King sees you.
One of the more common emergencies we see is a toothache. A mild toothache may be a sign that a piece of food is wedged between teeth or in your gums. Try flossing to see if that helps. If the pain is severe, then this may be an indication of an infected tooth that requires root canal therapy. Call our dental office to schedule an appointment.
The severity of this type of injury depends on how deeply the tooth is broken. Clean the broken tooth with warm water and use a cold compress against your lip or cheek to reduce pain and swelling. A deep break may require a root canal or extraction.
No question here—a tooth that is knocked out is a bona fide dental emergency. If the tooth is retrievable, be sure to touch only the crown. Rinse it in clean water and try to hold the tooth in the open socket. If excessive bleeding or pain prevents this, then place the tooth in a sealed container filled with milk and head to our dental office. Dr. King may be able to reattach the tooth.
If a permanent or temporary crown falls out, clean and dry the tooth. Then, try to reattach the crown with toothpaste or a temporary adhesive. Call our dental office to schedule an appointment, so Dr. King can properly bond the crown back in place.
Practicing excellent oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day and flossing daily can help prevent tooth decay and other oral infections from developing. In addition, visiting your dentist in Fort Worth every six months for a routine dental exam and cleaning is vital to maintaining a healthy smile.
Other tips to prevent dental emergencies include:
The cost of treating a dental emergency varies since each case has unique circumstances. For example, an infected tooth that requires root canal therapy may cost more to treat than replacing a lost filling or crown.
Regardless, we encourage every patient with a dental emergency to contact Summer Creek Dentistry. Dr. King and our expert and caring staff will provide helpful advice in the moment and deliver the care you need to get you back to smiling in no time at all.
Do you have questions about dental emergencies? Want to feel more confident should you have to face one in the future? Dr. King and the staff at Summer Creek Dentistry have compiled some frequently asked questions to help provide clarification and insight, so you can be better prepared to take care of your oral health while waiting to get in for your emergency appointment. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Although most dental emergencies can be handled by Dr. King and her team of professionals, there are certain situations that require immediate medical attention, including:
Not only will you spend less time waiting to see your emergency dentist, but you will also receive start-to-finish treatment. A general doctor will only be able to treat your symptoms, whereas a dentist will look for the main cause of the problem and work to remedy it so that you do not need continual care for the same problem.
Yes. The reason is that just because the pain is gone doesn’t mean there isn’t a possible underlying problem. What can appear on the surface as something minor or menial can actually be something much more serious if not treated in a timely manner. When in doubt, always call and alert our team to the situation. It’s better to let us take a look and make sure your teeth and gums are in good shape after a dental accident.
No, if you are on vacation or out of town for any reason and you experience a dental emergency, find a local dental professional who will look at the problem and offer an immediate solution. Make sure to contact us so that we can make an appointment for when you return, but in the meantime, don’t let the pain and problem fester. Get the relief you need so you can continue to enjoy your time away. When you return, we will perform a quick examination to ensure no additional care is needed.
If you do not have dental insurance, you don’t need to forgo treatment when faced with a dental emergency. Accidents happen and when they do, our team will be available to help you navigate the available payment options to pay for the cost of your dental care. CareCredit financing is available for qualified individuals, offering low and no-interest loans to help you better manage your payments.