A dental emergency is any situation where the teeth are experiencing severe pain or have sustained an injury that requires immediate care. This can include things like extreme toothaches or broken/knocked out teeth. Rather than going to the ER and wasting time in the waiting room, patients in need of urgent dental care can simply call Del Mar Dental Arts. We’re able to accept emergency patients and will happily adjust our schedule so we can see people and provide the relief they need as quickly as possible.
Should you or a loved one experience a dental emergency, take a moment to calm down, and give us a call immediately. Our team will walk you through first-aid tips over the phone, and if you need to be seen by Dr. Alhamdi right away, we can schedule an appointment. In the meantime, however, there are a few things you can do to reduce any discomfort associated with the emergency:
Toothaches can range from annoying to excruciating, and they are often the result of a dental infection, crack in the enamel, or just a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. After thoroughly rinsing and flossing the area, take an OTC medication and apply a cold compress to the face in 10-minute intervals.
First, it’s important to recover any large pieces of the tooth that you can find and place them in a safe container. A cold compress can help manage any swelling or pain, and the remaining tooth should be covered as well to prevent it from cutting the inside of the mouth. You can use sugarless gum or dental wax to do this.
It is possible to secure a fully dislodged tooth back into place, but only within a few hours of the initial accident, so you need to move fast in this situation! After finding the tooth and giving it a gentle rinse, be sure to keep it wet until you can make it to our office. You can do this by placing it back into the socket, holding it between the cheek and gums, or putting it in a container with milk or saltwater.
This isn’t always cause for alarm, but it’s smart to have a broken restoration repaired quickly to prevent the exposed tooth from developing any decay, damage, or pain. Try to place the restoration back onto your tooth and avoid chewing with it. A little dab of toothpaste can work as a temporary adhesive if needed.
Dental emergencies can be stressful and painful, but thankfully, they can largely be avoided using the following tips:
Every dental emergency situation is different from patient to patient, and as such, the cost of treatment always varies as well. Our goal is always to get a patient out of pain as fast as possible before repairing any damage, which may involve placing a small filling or extracting multiple teeth depending on the scenario. Because this type of care is always a surprise, we’re happy to accept PPO insurance, provide financing, and even have our own In-House Dental Savings Plan to help make it more affordable.