Emergency Dentist – Sachse, TX
Fast, Effective Treatment When You Need It Most
If you or one of your family members are experiencing a dental emergency, call Sachse Family Dentistry right away. Our priorities are first to ensure your safety, then to get you free from pain, and next to restore your smile. In most cases, we’re able to see patients on the same day they call. However, if for any reason we’re unable to schedule a visit right away, our emergency dentist in Sachse, TX, Dr. Rottman, will take the time to walk you through first aid and pain management tips over the phone. Our team is always here to provide fast, effective treatment when you need it most!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Although each dental emergency is unique, smile-related injuries often fall into two categories: those that stem from long-term issues (like an oral infection) and those that stem from sudden trauma (like an accidental elbow to your mouth). In both cases, contacting our team is a top priority. However, there are a few measures you can take at-home to stabilize your condition until your appointment. Keep reading to learn how to handle a few common dental emergencies.
Whether you are struggling with a sharp, stabbing tooth pain or something more mild, attempt to alleviate the discomfort by gently flossing, which should dislodge any food particles or debris. Next, rinse with a mixture of salt and warm water. This at-home remedy is a natural disinfectant and pain reliever. If the pain persists, however, you can take ibuprofen to reduce soreness and aches.
If you chip or break a tooth, do your best to stay calm. To mitigate any swelling, place a cold compress against the outside of your cheek for 10 minutes at a time. If part of your tooth was dislodged, collect the pieces, place them in a plastic bag, and bring them with you to your urgent dental appointment. From there, we can restore the function and aesthetic of your tooth.
Priority number one is to locate the tooth. If you find it, pick it up by the crown (the chewing surface), rinse it gently with water, and attempt to place it back in the socket. If it doesn’t slide in easily, then preserve it in a container of milk, water, or saliva instead. Even if you can’t locate your tooth, it is important to head straight to our office. Visiting us within 60 minutes of the accident will give us the highest chance of saving your tooth.
If you have dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugarless gum, use these products to keep your restoration in place. If you don’t have any of these items on hand or in your dental emergency kit, then do your best to avoid eating or chewing on that side of your mouth. Take ibuprofen as needed for pain and head to our office right away so we can prevent further damage.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Although dental emergencies aren’t entirely preventable, implementing the below best practices can significantly reduce your likelihood of experiencing one:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day.
- Treat flossing as important as brushing.
- Visit our team every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning.
- Wear an oral appliance if you play sports or grind your teeth.
- Avoid poor dental habits, like smoking and using your teeth as tools.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Depending on the root of the issue, the cost of treatment can vary. Don’t worry – we will always perform a detailed exam, discuss your options, and provide you with the estimated cost upfront. Simply put, we never want cost to be the reason you miss out on the quality dental care you need, which is why we are proud to welcome insurance, offer our own in-house membership plan, and happily accept flexible financing through CareCredit, Lending Point, and more.
Dental Emergency FAQs
If you’ve never experienced a dental emergency before, we can assure you that you are far from the only one. Most people don’t think they’ll ever have to deal with a dental emergency; until it occurs that is! In the event you aren’t sure what next steps to take or you have a specific question regarding your situation, we encourage you to give our most frequently asked questions a look below. Is your question or concern not mentioned? Don’t hesitate to give us a call, especially if it’s urgent!
Do I need to visit for minor chips to teeth?
If a tooth is damaged in some way, whether it’s chipped, cracked, or fractured, it will not grow back in any way whatsoever. In fact, it’s only more likely to break down further if it’s already broken. Depending on the type of break that has occurred, there are multiple treatment options available to you. If the tooth is sharp or jagged, get to our office as soon as you can to prevent cuts or lacerations to your cheek or tongue. However, if the chip appears to only be cosmetic in nature, is not sharp, and does not hurt, you can probably afford to wait until regular business hours to have it addressed by our team.
Is my tooth pain from an infection?
A sore or throbbing tooth is likely due to infection, but that’s not always the case. For this reason, you should take the time to consider if other symptoms are present as well. For example, if you have chronic bad breath, tooth sensitivity, red or swollen gums, or a draining sore on the gum tissue nearby the tooth in question, it’s much more likely that you are dealing with a dental infection. Problems like these are considered dental emergencies and need professional intervention to handle. Of course, you’ll only know for sure if its an infection by getting X-rays and an exam done at a dental office.
What should I keep in my emergency dentistry kit?
Dental emergencies can appear at any moment, which is why it pays off to be prepared. Having the resources at your disposal ahead of time can make it much easier to mitigate damage caused by a dental emergency, whether you live alone or take care of a family. Just a few items we recommend in your personal dental emergency kit include:
- Anti-inflammatories (i.e. ibuprofen)
- Denture adhesive
- Dental cement
- Small storage container for teeth
- Sterile gloves
- Cotton balls
- Ice pack
- Contact information for our practice
- Topical anesthetic
Can the emergency room remove a tooth?
Licensed dentists are the only professionals that are certified to legally perform tooth extractions. This means that someone who is performing a tooth extraction without the right training and credentials is likely breaking the law. Most emergency rooms do not employ dentists, so it’s extremely unlikely they will be able to perform this treatment. At best, they will provide you with painkillers and antibiotics if they believe you have a dental infection. For this reason, you make time to visit our office to address the root cause of your dental emergency.