A dental emergency can strike anywhere at any time. Whether it’s the result of long-term poor oral health, or a sudden trauma to the face, you’re going to need quality care from an emergency dentist as soon as possible. That’s where the highly qualified team of Dentistry at Suwanee can help you. Our team of three skilled dentists are specially trained in emergency care, whether it’s simply filling a painful cavity or replacing your tooth altogether. If you suffering through a dental emergency and want to get out of pain fast, just give us a call and we’ll help you as soon as possible!
There are two kinds of dental emergencies: sudden accidents or injuries, and long-terms infections that result in toothaches and are typically the result of poor oral hygiene. At Dentistry of Suwanee, we are more than prepared to help with both. While you should definitely call us as soon as your emergency becomes apparent, here are some tips to help you deal with your situation until you can reach our office.
First, floss around the area to remove any food debris that might be the source of your pain. If that doesn’t work, rinse with saltwater and take over-the-counter pain medications as needed. Ibuprofen is especially effective at relieving oral pain. If your discomfort doesn’t subside, you might have a serious toothache that requires a root canal.
Even if your broken tooth does not result in pain, you still need to come and see us right away. Gather up any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to your appointment. There is a chance that we’ll be able to reattach these pieces and repair your tooth, but if not, we might have to extract the tooth completely in order to preserve your oral health.
When you dislodge a tooth, time is of the essence. Call our office first thing and tell us you knocked out a tooth. Then, pick it up by the crown (not the pointed root), gently rinse it off, and use a mirror to try and place the tooth back in the socket. If that’s not possible, store it in a container of milk until we can successfully replace your tooth.
If your crown or filling falls out, you may experience sensitivity or even pain. You can achieve temporary relief by purchasing dental cement from your local pharmacy and applying it to the affected area. Taking store-bought pain medication may also help. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary solution, and that you should come to our office for a more permanent restoration.
While dental emergencies can unfortunately never be 100% prevented, there are some steps you can take to minimize their likelihood of occurring, such as:
Because of the variety of services that may be necessary, the cost of treating your dental emergency may vary greatly from person to person. For example, a toothache might be treated by a simple round of antibiotics, while a broken or knocked-out tooth may need to be replaced with a dental implant. For this reason, it’s difficult to estimate just how much you’ll end up paying unless you come in for an appointment.