At Main Street Dental, we offer emergency dental services to make sure patients are seen and evaluated immediately. This is crucial because an emergency, such as an infection, can spread or an injury can continue to get worse.
For severe injuries that need immediate attention, please call 911. However, for chipped or cracked teeth, pain around a tooth, or loss of tooth, a dentist can help. While an ER doctor is skilled at treating medical emergencies, he or she is not familiar with oral care. Therefore, ER providers are well-qualified to handle some health problems. However, they lack the experience and training to take care of an injured or damaged tooth. An emergency room doctor can provide you with medicine to take care of the pain, he or she cannot determine the cause of the pain. That is why it is essential to schedule an appointment with your dental provider.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, you need to contact us right away. Make sure you set an appointment before the pain worsens. We can check for decay or infection and treat the problem before it becomes debilitating. Our staff at Main Street Dental will work with your schedule to set an appointment that will accommodate your immediate dental needs.
Typically, a tooth is severely decayed or is infected when a toothache occurs. To resolve the problem, we usually perform root canal surgery. Since the pain results from an infection, we remove the infected area to stop the pain. A restoration is usually made in the form of a filling or crown. Either the repair can be applied during the emergency visit or a second visit will be scheduled to complete the procedure.
Even if you practice good dental habits, emergencies occur. When they do, it is essential to take care of the problem immediately. That is why you need to depend on a dental provider who provides all-inclusive dental services – services that extend to emergency visits. We are committed to providing you with the highest level of service, whether you are seeking cosmetic, general, or emergency care.
If you are in pain, refrain from taking ibuprofen or aspirin, as either of these two drugs can cause excessive bleeding. Instead, relieve any discomfort by taking acetaminophen. Pain often results from food debris embedded beneath the gum line, infection, a lost restoration, such as a crown or filling, or a chipped or cracked tooth. The only and best way to determine the source of the pain is to contact the dentist so a diagnosis can be made. In the interim, apply to a cold compress to the site every 15 minutes to alleviate the pain.
You can reduce your chances of a dental emergency by following some dental safeguards. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), it is essential to know what to do when a dental emergency occurs to save or prevent from losing a tooth.
Taking certain precautions must also be emphasized. For example, you can lessen the risk of a dental emergency by practicing the following: To avoid cracking a tooth, stay away from popcorn kernels or hard candy. To tear open a package or cut paper, use scissors, not the teeth. When practicing in recreational pursuits or sports, wear a mouth guard.
Understanding more about dental emergencies also helps patients learn why visiting the dentist is essential. The sooner a dental problem is spotted, the more likely the treatment will be more straightforward, more affordable, and efficient. Making routine appointments prevents certain dental conditions, such as abscesses or deep cavities, from developing.
We at Main Street Dental want you to schedule an appointment right away to reduce the chance of a future emergency. Contact us when you are experiencing the following symptoms: Your teeth are especially sensitive to hot or cold. Your gums are puffy or bleed when you brush or floss. You experience persistent halitosis (bad breath). You have swelling or pain in your mouth or the neck or facial area. You have difficulty swallowing or chewing. You often have dry mouth. Your jaw pops, or hurts, when you open or close it, or when you are chewing. You have a sore in your mouth that is abnormal, which does not heal.
Pain can also result from a broken jaw. To secure the jaw, tie it with a towel or handkerchief, tying it snuggly over the top of your head. Cold compresses can be used to reduce and improve the pain. In this case, visit a hospital emergency room right away.
Emergencies involving the teeth can result from the following events:
If the tooth is a baby tooth, it probably cannot be saved if it is completely detached. In this case, you will just have to wait until the permanent tooth emerges. If the tooth is a permanent tooth, re-implantation can be performed, provided you notify the dentist immediately.
In the interim, practice the following steps:
If your crown or filling loosens or is lost, schedule an emergency dental appointment immediately. You can alleviate any pain affecting the exposed portion of the tooth with clove oil. Directly apply the oil with a cotton swab. Place an ice pack on the side of the face where you are experiencing pain.
If you find your filling, keep it in a safe place and take it to your dental appointment. As a temporary measure, apply tooth cement or tooth wax, which is available at a drugstore. If you locate your crown, temporarily replace it until your dental visit. First, gently remove and clean any debris from within the restoration. Then apply a dental cement or denture adhesive to the inside before placing the crown back over the tooth.
If you are experiencing the throbbing pain of a toothache, clean and rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. Gently floss the area around the tooth to remove any trapped food particles. If this measure does not help, contact the dentist immediately.
If you have bitten your lip or tongue, gently wipe the site with a soft cloth or gauze. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. A smaller cut, about 1/4 inch, generally will heal on its own. If the cut is more significant than 1/4 inch, immediately go to the emergency room.
If you burn the roof of your mouth, it usually will heal on its own. However, if the injury has not improved after ten days, call the dentist. In the interim, rinse your mouth with a salt-water rinse that is made up of eight ounces of warm water and 1/8 teaspoon salt. If you need pain relief, use an oral anesthetic that can be applied topically. The product can be purchased at your local drugstore. Acetaminophen should be taken as well.
Mouth sores usually develop from new braces. Either apply a topical anesthetic or take acetaminophen, following the label’s directions.
If your gum swelling and pain is originating from an abscess, you need to contact the dentist immediately. An abscess is a type of infection that develops at the root around the gum tissue. Gums can become swollen or painful for one of the various reasons. Therefore, the condition should be evaluated by a dentist. If an abscess ruptures, a foul-tasting and malodorous fluid will flow from the site. If this happens, immediately rinse your mouth with warm water.
One emergency dental tip provided by the ADA for a knocked-out tooth follows: If a permanent tooth has been knocked out, try using a tooth preservation product that is recommended by the ADA. When approved by the ADA, a product, such as Save-A-Tooth, is shown to escalate the survival rate of a tooth that has been traumatized. The tooth should be placed into the container, with the top tightly secured. This type of preservation system can save a tooth for up to 24 hours.