There’s no time to lose when you’re suffering from a dental emergency. Putting it off for too long can cause your dental pain to grow worse, and it could even potentially cost you the opportunity to save the tooth before the damage becomes irreparable. It’s better to call Long Family Dental instead of the emergency room in these situations; we can make time to see you right away for emergency dentistry in Midlothian, TX – usually on the same day – and our dental office is more likely to be equipped to help you find relief as soon as possible.
There are two major kinds of dental emergencies: those that are the result of an unavoidable accident and those that stem from dental infections that went unaddressed for too long. No matter the nature of the emergency, you can be sure that you won’t be able to find a permanent solution on your own, so it’s best to call our dental office as soon as you’re able to. If for any reason you are unable to head straight for our dental office, use the following tips to protect your teeth and the rest of your mouth.
There are a few different ways you can ease the pain. Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter medications can help. We can also recommend a cold compress held against the side of the face where the affected tooth is located. If the toothache is caused by an infection, we can plan root canal therapy to treat it.
Gather as many of the broken off pieces of the tooth as possible, and gently rinse out the mouth with warm water to lower the risk of infection. Sometimes broken teeth can have sharp or rough edges that irritate the inside of your mouth, so try covering it with sugarless gum or dental wax if you need to.
Our only opportunity to replant the tooth is most likely within the first hour or two of it being knocked out, so you need to call immediately. Once you find the tooth and rinse it off, carefully place it back in its socket or (if it won’t stay in place) store it in a sealed container with milk.
Locate the restoration and check to see if it’s still intact. If it is, try to reattach it to the tooth; a small dab of toothpaste can help hold it in place. This is a temporary measure, so don’t use the tooth for biting or chewing until you’ve visited our dental office.
There is no set price for urgent dental care. After all, there are so many different kinds of emergencies that the treatment required to address them will vary wildly from case to case. We will never try to sell you a treatment that you do not need; stopping your pain and saving your tooth will be our only priorities. Our dental office accepts many different insurance plans and can help you apply for third-party financing to make paying for your care much easier.