Emergency Dentist – Marietta GA
Relieve Pain & Smile Again Fast
Dental emergencies can be stressful, painful experiences. In the case of most medical emergencies, a call to 911 or a trip to the emergency room is the obvious next step. However, many patients aren’t sure who to call if they experience a dental emergency. Dr. Michael L. Howard and his dedicated team are happy to help our patients whenever they need us most, and that includes emergency care. Simply contact our office and we will offer first aid tips and schedule an appointment right away to restore your smile. While we take our patients’ word for it when they tell us their experience is an emergency, here is a list of the most commonly treated dental emergencies:
Regardless of the nature of your emergency, we recommend taking a few minutes to calmly assess your health. If you’re bleeding, apply gentle pressure to try to slow the bleeding and determine the nature of your injury so you can describe it clearly to our team. Use a cold compress or ice packs at 20 minute intervals (20 on/20 off) to manage pain, prevent swelling, and slow bleeding. If you experience a dental emergency that may put your life at risk, including severe blood loss or a broken jaw, we recommend you proceed directly to the nearest emergency room. We’re happy to help you repair damaged teeth once your health is no longer in danger.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Your first step in any dental emergency should be to reach out to Dr. Howard and his Marietta emergency dentistry team. We’ll walk you through first aid over the phone. Some basic steps you can take during common dental emergencies include the following:
Like other pain and discomfort, you can treat tooth pain by taking over the counter oral pain relievers. You can also use topical numbing gels to relieve pain. When eating, avoid chewing with the affected tooth, and when brushing and flossing your teeth, take care to be gentle or avoid the aching tooth altogether.
A chipped or broken tooth can damage your surrounding teeth and oral structures, even if it isn’t hurting you directly. Make sure to take a close look at how the tooth is impacting surrounding structures and use orthodontic wax to cover any sharp points. Otherwise, you can follow the directions for toothaches above. If you are experiencing any swelling or inflammation, you may also want to use an ice pack at 20 minute intervals.
If you’ve lost an entire tooth, do your best to replace it in the vacated socket. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in water or milk until you reach the office. Bite down on gauze or clean cloth to hold the tooth in place and/or slow bleeding. When eating, avoid chewing with the affected tooth, and when brushing and flossing your teeth, take care to be gentle or avoid the aching tooth altogether. You can address swelling and discomfort by placing an ice pack or cold compress over the affected area for 20 minutes at a time.
Lost Filling or Dental Crown
If a filling is lost, you will not likely be able to replace it. However, you should take steps to protect the damaged tooth. Whenever possible, replace a dental crown over the damaged tooth, using a small amount of denture adhesive to hold it in place. If you’re in pain, follow the instructions for toothaches above, and if the tooth has sharp or broken pieces exposed, follow the steps for chipped and broken teeth above.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While you can’t plan for a dental emergency, you can take steps to avoid one. Never use your teeth to open tough packaging or crack shells, don’t chew on ice or other hard objects, brush and floss every day, and visit our team twice a year.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Your dental emergency treatment costs will drastically vary based on the extent of the damage. In order to provide accurate pricing, we’ll need to see you and assess the individual situation. However, we are, as always, happy to process and file your dental insurance claims to offset the costs of your dental treatments. We’ll also be happy to work with you to apply for low and no interest financing when necessary to ensure your emergency dental treatment pricing will fit your budget.