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 in Fort Worth, Texas, promise to be here for you when you need us most. If you find yourself in the midst of a dental emergency, call our 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 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 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 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 the deliver the care you need to get you back to smiling in no time at all.