Is your child experiencing a terrible toothache? Have you just been in an accident where one of your teeth was broken or knocked out? If so, don’t panic—just call Sommers Family Dental. We’ll let you know what to do and can schedule you for an appointment right away. We’ll be able to see you much faster than the ER, plus our team is specially trained to handle dental emergencies. We’ll get you out of pain as quickly as possible!
No matter what your dental emergency might be, it’s always wise to reach out for professional help right away. This will enable us to assess your situation and determine if you need immediate care. If we do schedule you for an appointment, there are a few actions you can take to improve your situation and provide some temporary relief before you’re able to reach us:
A piece of food might just be stuck between the teeth, so start by rinsing and flossing the area thoroughly. If the pain continues, it’s OK to take an OTC medication, and you can also apply a cold compress to the face. Keep in mind that a root canal may be necessary to remove deep tooth decay.
Try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, put them in a safe container, and bring them to our office. Use a cold compress to manage any swelling, and if the remaining tooth has a sharp edge, make sure it’s covered. You can use some sugar-free gum or dental wax to do this. We will do everything possible to save the tooth, but if it is too badly damaged, we may need to remove the tooth entirely.
Find the tooth, pick it up without touching the root, and give it a gentle rinse. You need to keep it wet until you see us so the tooth will stay alive. To do this, put it back into its socket, hold it between the cheek and gums, or put it in a container with milk or saltwater. We can only splint a tooth back into place about an hour or so after it has been dislodged, so try to come see us as fast as you can!
Rinse off the restoration, place it back onto the tooth with a dab of toothpaste or dental adhesive, and try not to chew with it until it can be repaired. You should still try to see us right away in this situation even if you aren’t experiencing any pain, as decay could develop on the newly exposed tooth.
The following tips will go a long way in helping you and your loved ones avoid common dental emergencies:
The cost of emergency dental care is always different from patient to patient depending on their unique situation. One person might just need a filling, while another may require several teeth to be removed and replaced. Whatever the case may be, acting quickly and coming to see us right away is the best way to minimize your cost, as this will allow us to address a problem before it becomes worse. To help make emergency services more affordable, we’re happy to accept all dental insurance plans, and we also offer low-to-no interest financing as well.