You don’t have any time to lose when your tooth has been injured, knocked out, or is otherwise in severe pain. Luckily, at Healthy Smiles Dental Care of Jewell Lake in Barton City, you’ll have a team of experts and specialists who are equipped to deal with various dental issues. Once you walk through our front doors, you can be sure that you’ll be greeted by a team that cares about finding you relief as quickly as possible. Call us immediately if you need dental care as soon as possible.
When patients call us for a dental emergency, we know that that could mean several different things. There is no catch-all definition for dental emergencies. They do, however, tend to fall under two broad categories: those that result from poor dental hygiene habits and those that were caused by sudden accidents or injuries. Please let us know exactly what happened and what you’re experiencing so that we can give you the best possible advice over the phone. The following tips can help you take control of some of the most common dental emergencies.
Before you call, see if the pain goes away after you floss and rinse to get rid of any pieces of food that might have become stuck in your teeth. If the toothache persists, you can use over-the-counter painkillers to stay comfortable. Keep in mind that you may need to have a root canal done to save the tooth depending on the source of the pain.
Sometimes a broken tooth cannot be repaired and will have to be removed. That said, even minor chips and cracks can eventually lead to more severe issues if they’re not addressed early on. Protect the tooth until your appointment. Eat only soft foods and avoid chewing with the affected side of your mouth. Apply an ice pack if there is any swelling around the tooth in question.
Locate the tooth as soon as you can and pick it up by the end used for chewing. After you briefly rinse it under warm water, you can try to put it back in your mouth. It can also be stored in a glass of milk or in the space between your cheek and gums. You should make every effort to get to our office in less than an hour if you want to have any chance of replanting the tooth.
If you can still find the restoration, bring it with you to your appointment. Your tooth may be sensitive, so apply clove oil if you need to. You can try temporarily reattaching a crown with dental cement. Be careful of what you eat before your appointment; your tooth is likely to be vulnerable, so you should only eat soft foods until a permanent solution is found.
There will always be some risk of a dental emergency, but there are plenty of variables you can control. Don’t forget to brush and floss every day; be sure to pay attention to the hard-to-reach spots where bacteria could easily accumulate. To protect your teeth from physical threats, stay away from particularly hard foods such as popcorn kernels, and try to break bad oral habits like chewing on your fingernails. If you play any kind of sport, ask us for a custom mouthguard.
Once you’ve arrived at our office and have received a proper diagnosis, you might start thinking about how much you’re going to need to pay for your care. We will always look for the solution that gets you out of pain as quickly as possible without breaking your budget. Whenever we propose a specific form of treatment, we will always take the time to explain the related costs so that you know what to expect. Our team is experienced in handling insurance claims for various companies, and they can explain other methods of financing your care.
Obviously, you already know to make a dental appointment when your teeth or gums are in pain, but what if the issue is with your jaw? If the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) that connects the lower jaw to the head is strained or injured, you’ll often experience chronic discomfort. In severe cases, you might have trouble opening and closing your jaw at all. We can offer solutions for TMJ disorders, so if you’ve been experiencing jaw pain that shows no sign of going away, call us as soon as you can.