Emergency Dental Care
We understand that dental emergencies can happen unexpectedly, and our team is always prepared to address your needs in a timely manner. No matter if it's a straightforward tooth filling or a more complex procedure, we are equipped to help. If an emergency arises when our office is closed, our answering service will ensure your message reaches our dental team.
The principal causes for urgent dental care among our patients are accidents and toothaches. Toothaches can be triggered by infections or injuries. If you're experiencing a toothache, don't hesitate to reach out to us right away. We'll schedule you in as soon as possible and determine the cause of your discomfort to provide relief.
A knocked-out or cracked tooth constitutes a serious dental emergency. If you've had a tooth knocked out due to an accident, it's crucial to see a dentist as soon as possible to increase the chance of saving the tooth. While on your way to the dentist, you can take measures to keep the tooth alive, such as gently repositioning it in its socket (avoid touching the root), holding it between your gums and lip, or placing it in a glass of milk. If your dental emergency poses a life-threatening risk, we advise heading straight to the emergency room.
What Should You Do During a Dental Emergency?
Even if you're new to our practice, we are more than willing to assist during a dental emergency. Please get in touch with us immediately if you require urgent dental care.
Avoiding Dental Emergencies
Several preventative measures can help you avert future dental emergencies. Our top advice is to treat your teeth with the utmost care and respect. Remember, you only have one set of permanent teeth! Quitting harmful habits like biting nails or chewing on pens and other non-food items can significantly reduce the likelihood of future dental problems.
Modifying your diet can also aid in preserving your teeth. Consuming hard or sticky candies or ice is harsh on your teeth and can lead to wear and tear or even loosen them. It's advisable to steer clear of foods that are difficult to chew.
Athletes and children engaged in sports should always use protective mouthguards during physical activities. These can be acquired from a store or a dentist. A well-fitting athletic mouthguard is more likely to prevent injuries, so ensure a dentist checks yours. Even slight teeth shifting can impact your mouthguard's fit.
If you're facing issues with an over-the-counter sports mouthguard, a dentist can typically create a custom one for better comfort and protection. After all, you're more likely to use a mouthguard that fits well! Make it a habit to bring your mouthguard to every dental appointment for potential adjustments.
Remembering these tips can spare you countless dental visits and costs. While we're here to help during a dental crisis, we'd rather you prevent one altogether!