Accidents happen, and we understand that you can’t always plan for them. From getting a raging toothache out of nowhere, to chipping a tooth during a sports game, we’ve planned for just about any situation. When you call us with a dental emergency, we’ll do everything in our power to see you the same day you call. In the meantime, one of our knowledgeable staff members will walk you through some basic first aid until you can come see us. Contact us if you have a dental emergency.
When you experience a dental emergency, you should call Dr. Nameth’s office first and foremost. However, we’ve provided some basic tips below to help you handle your situation until you make it to our office.
Your toothache might be caused by a piece of food getting stuck in between your teeth. Try rinsing your mouth out with warm water to dislodge it. If that doesn’t work, your discomfort may be the result of severe decay that has reached the sensitive inner portions of the tooth. If that’s the case, you might need root canal therapy to relieve your pain.
First things first, rinse your mouth out with warm water to get rid of any debris. To cut down on pain and swelling, apply a cold compress to the affected cheek. If the crack or chip is small, dental bonding may be able to do the trick to fix it. If, however, the damage is severe, extraction may be the only option.
Once a tooth is knocked out, you have about an hour before the chances of it being successfully reattached are slim to none. After calling Dr. Nameth and his team, the most important thing is to keep the tooth wet. Gently grab it by the crown, carefully avoiding the roots. If you can, place it back in the socket. If not, keep it between your cheek and your gums. You could also store it in a container of saltwater or milk to keep it moist.
If the crown is still in one piece, you might be able to place it back over the tooth. First, gently wash out the inside with water. Then, apply denture adhesive, dental cement, or even petroleum jelly and slip it back on over your tooth. Although this may work for a little while, it’s always best to call us as soon as the crown comes off to schedule a professional reattachment.
You can’t always tell when an emergency is going to happen, but you can do a few things to lower their chances of occurring. Those things include:
A lot of factors can go into deciding how much treatment for dental emergencies costs. It might range from a simple prescription of antibiotics to more serious procedures like tooth extraction. Whatever the problem, our team will help you figure out your financial options and maximize your insurance benefits, so you don’t pay a cent more than you need to.
If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact your emergency dentist in Worthington so we can get your smile back on the right track on the same day you call.