If a tooth is damaged, whether it’s through tooth decay, a bad fall or sporting injury, is your first thought to visit an emergency room or a dentist? Turns out, thousands of people every year visit the ER for an issue that many hospital staff are either not qualified or even allowed to treat. When a bad toothache develops, the enamel is chipped, or a tooth is knocked out, the first thing you should do is call our dental office for emergency dentistry in DeSoto. We’re more than happy to help, even if it’s your first time visiting Dr. Suzanne Najjar and her team!
When a dental emergency occurs, start by giving our dental office a call. This allows you to schedule an emergency appointment ideally for the same day and speak with one of our staff who can provide you helpful advice to stabilize your condition. After you’ve called, take note of the following steps to improve your situation before you arrive. If your jaw is broken or your mouth is bleeding and won’t stop, get to the emergency room first before going to our dental office.
Always start by using dental floss to remove any food debris that could be stuck in between your teeth. Take an over-the-counter painkiller to reduce discomfort if it does not go away. Choose ibuprofen over aspirin as the chemicals in aspirin can cause a burning sensation if it touches the tooth directly.
Collect any pieces of tooth that you can so we can examine them more closely at our dental office. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to your face, removing and reapplying every 10 minutes. Take ibuprofen and get to our dental office as soon as possible. We’ll likely need to restore your tooth with a dental crown.
Locate the tooth as quickly as possible, making sure to only touch it by the crown portion (chewing surface) only. Do not touch the roots nor remove any tissue still attached. After gently rinsing the tooth of any debris, rinse your mouth with warm water and attempt to place the tooth back into your socket. If this is impossible, you can also preserve it in milk, salt water, or saliva. The sooner you get to our dental office, the more likely you’ll be able to replace the tooth.
If you still have the crown, you can reseat it by using dental cement, denture adhesive, sugar-free chewing gum or petroleum jelly. Rinse your mouth out with warm water before placing the crown back onto your damaged tooth. Keep in mind that this is not a permanent solution and requires retreatment, which typically involves a new crown.
Most dental emergencies can be prevented by committing to routine oral care, including brushing, flossing, and visiting our dental office every six months for checkups and cleanings. By maintaining routine care, you can prevent most dental disease. Of course, if you participate in contact sports, you should always wear a protective mouthguard. Furthermore, you should never use your teeth as a tool as it can easily crack or chip your enamel.
The last thing you should do is put off a dental emergency when it occurs. Determining the cost of your treatment starts by confirming exactly what’s going on, which could range from simple tooth decay to an oral infection. Both have their own unique costs, with treating an oral infection generally being more expensive than removing decay and placing a filling. If you do have a toothache, we encourage you to visit. For just $20, you can get an emergency exam and X-ray completed and confirm exactly what needs to be done!
Regardless of what kind of dental emergency you’re having, you can count on outstanding care from Dr. Najjar and the rest of our team. We have the experience, training, and technology to not only preserve your oral health but also get you out of pain fast. Keep reading below for answers to some of the emergency FAQs we often hear. And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions or need an emergency dentist. We’re always just a phone call away!
Understandably, no one wants to schedule a dental appointment unless they really have to. Here are some signs that you’re having a true emergency and should call us right away:
As an emergency dentist, our goal when you arrive is to get you out of pain quickly and also maintain your oral health over the long-term. Here are the basic steps you can expect during your emergency visit:
If you’ve already called us to make an appointment and want pain relief in the meantime, you can certainly take over-the-counter pain reliever.
In general, ibuprofen is a good choice for dental pain. However, if you have bleeding for any reason, it’s best to avoid ibuprofen and other NSAIDs like aspirin and naproxen. These medications thin your blood and can interfere with clotting. Instead, take Tylenol (acetaminophen). This also applies if you take a prescription blood-thinner such as Warfarin.
Yes! A toothache is often the result of an infected nerve. In some cases, the nerve simply “dies” on its own, which explains why the pain subsides. But that doesn’t mean the infection is gone! If left untreated, a dental infection can spread to other areas of the body such as the brain and become very dangerous or even fatal. If you have a toothache that goes away, be sure to give us a call so Dr. Najjar can take a look and recommend treatment if necessary.