Our team at Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry & Orthodontics never wants to leave a patient in pain or discomfort, which is why we provide same-day emergency appointments whenever possible. If you have a toothache, something lodged between your teeth, or are dealing with any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, don’t hesitate to call our team immediately. We’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance as well as fast and effective dental treatment.
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Handling dental emergencies can be difficult, especially when you’re in shock and can’t think clearly. Fortunately, our experienced dental staff as well as Dr. Alison Fitzgerald are here to help you get out of pain quickly, all while minimizing any damage to your smile. Just call our office and we’ll try our best to get you in the same day. We’ve also included some helpful information below on how to handle the most common dental emergencies to relieve some of your discomfort until you get to our practice.
Toothaches are often a sign of an infection that has developed within the inner chamber of a tooth. To help ease your discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or place a cold compress on the outside of your face for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off for up to an hour.
If you’re able to retrieve the broken-off portion of your tooth, please rinse it off and bring it to your appointment. If the damage has created a jagged edge, you can place a piece of orthodontic wax over it to keep it from scraping or damaging the inside of your lip or cheek.
Time is of the essence, so quickly retrieve your knocked-out tooth (being sure to only handle it by the biting surface), rinse it off, and store it in a sealable container of milk or salt water. Don’t forget to bring it to your appointment with you!
If you’re able to find your restoration, pick it up and rinse it off. You can temporarily place it back on your affected tooth using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. However, you should keep in mind that in order to prevent an infection from developing, you need to have your crown or filling professionally repaired or replaced.
While there’s no way to prevent all dental emergencies from occurring, there are some precautionary measures that you can take in order to drastically reduce your risk of ending up in your emergency dentist’s treatment chair:
The cost of your dental emergency visit will depend on a couple of key factors, including what the issue at-hand is and what treatment option you go with to provide you with lasting relief. Dr. Fitzgerald always takes the time to walk you through your options so you can make the best decision for your smile, and our team is more than happy to assist with any financial questions. We offer an in-house financing plan to make treatment affordable for patients, and we accept dental insurance as well.
Root canals are feared by most patients due to the daunting and infamous rumors surrounding them. However, the truth is, they’re not as scary as most people initially think. Maybe back in the day they’d use less-than-appealing instruments and no local anesthesia, but today, that’s not the case at all! Our team makes sure that our patients feel virtually no discomfort during their root canal by numbing the area of the mouth completely. We also use very small, handy gadgets that allow us to quickly and precisely remove infected pulp from the inner chamber of your tooth. By the time you’re done, you’re sure to feel relieved that you chose to receive the treatment since it will get rid of your toothache!
Our team understands that there’s no substitution that can compare to your home-grown tooth, which is why we never suggest tooth extractions unless we believe they’re necessary to maintain the health of surrounding teeth as well. If we can’t repair a severely damaged or decayed pearly white, we can gently remove it from its socket and replace it with one of our customized restorations, like an implant-retained crown. That way, you won’t have to live with a gap in your smile for longer than it takes to replace it!