At EMA Dental, we are here for you for your routine dental appointments as well as last-minute emergencies. When a tooth is injured or aching, you need to visit the dentist right away -- and we are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and know-how to help get you out of pain ASAP. Below, we share more information about the most common dental emergencies and what to do when one happens to you. No matter what has happened, keeping our number on speed dial is a great way to make sure you’re only a phone call away from excellent dental care when you need it most.
Dental emergencies generally come in two types: long-term toothaches or injuries which cause chronic pain, and short, sudden injuries that you notice right away. Whatever the cause of yours, the important thing is seeking treatment from a professional as soon as possible.
A toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies. Usually the result of insufficient dental hygiene or an injury, you need to come into the office to prevent a possible infection from spreading throughout your body and putting your overall health at risk. A root canal may be required to rescue the tooth.
If a tooth has broken, rinse out your mouth to remove any remaining shards. Then, collect and store the broken part for possible reattachment. It is possible that we can restore the tooth with a dental crown, but if it is too badly damaged, we may have to extract it.
Rinse off the tooth and store it either in the empty socket or in a cup of milk or wrapped in plastic wrap. If you reach our office within an hour of its loss, reattachment may be possible. Take an over the counter pain medication to manage discomfort and place an ice pack on the affected cheek to reduce swelling.
If a crown or filling comes off, try to slip it back on or fix it with a dental adhesive. Remember that this is only a temporary solution and you should get in touch with our office right away.
While you can never fully protect yourself from the unexpected, there are some steps you can take to help ensure that a dental emergency does not happen to you. Some of our tips include:
There is no fixed price for treating a dental emergency, and the cost may depend on a variety of factors -- from getting a prescription to providing advanced care, extraction, or a root canal. The only way to know for sure is to come in and talk to our dental experts so they can understand what’s going on and give you a good idea of what the treatment will cost. Doing so is the best way to protect your oral and overall health!