Emergency Dentist – Marysville, OH
Don’t Panic When Your Tooth is in Pain!
There are generally two types of dental emergencies that can occur. The more common one is broken teeth as a result of sudden trauma, which is typical for sporting injuries. However, dental emergencies can also appear as a result of toothaches caused by long-term oral infections. Regardless of your situation, Dr. Katie Montgomery can get your emergency handled and put you on the right path to positive oral health. Don’t wait to contact her office if you’re experiencing an emergency today!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
If you’re not sure what constitutes as a dental emergency, always call our office to remove any doubt. This way, you’ll be able to schedule an emergency visit in case you do need to get treatment. Until then, here’s how you should handle the following dental issues.
Tooth pain or sensitivity, especially when exposed to very hot or cold stimuli, generally means you either have tooth decay or need root canal therapy. Make sure no food debris or foreign objects are stuck in between your teeth, then take pain medication as needed to reduce discomfort. Once you arrive, we can restore the damaged tooth with a dental crown or filling after removing all diseased tissue and decay.
Keep any large pieces that you find and bring them to our office. To avoid accidentally cutting your internal gum tissue, cover the damaged portions with orthodontic wax. If the break is minor, we may be able to buff down the tooth to make it more even. Otherwise, a dental crown can cover the damage.
After cleaning the tooth, making sure not to touch the root or remove any tissue still attached, place the tooth back into your open socket. This will keep it preserved until your visit. If this is not possible, place the tooth inside a container of milk or saltwater and get to our office within the next hour. If the tooth cannot be placed, a dental implant or bridge will be needed to fill the space leftover in your smile.
If you still have the crown, rinse your mouth out with warm water, then apply clove oil to the tooth to reduce any discomfort. Attempt to reseat the restoration using either dental cement, denture adhesive or petroleum jelly. If the restoration is lost, do not chew any food on that side of your mouth. A replacement crown or filling will be made to cover the vulnerable inner tooth.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Most dental emergencies can be avoided by practicing routine oral care, however those who participate in contact sports must wear protective mouthguards to prevent damaging teeth as well. In fact, one of the most common causes of knocked-out teeth includes sports injuries. Furthermore, oral care should include:
- Brushing for at least two minutes twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Visiting the dentist once every six months for checkups and cleanings
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your treatment will largely vary depending on the seriousness of your emergency. Some may be as simple as getting a prescription medication to treat an oral infection, while others can be as complex as restoring a tooth with a dental implant. In some cases, a tooth can be saved via a root canal and dental crown. However, you won’t know for sure until you visit, and the last thing you should do is put off treatment for a dental emergency.