Quality Emergency Dental Care in the Bridgeton Area
To help you avoid dental emergencies, we at Carrollwood Dental Group commit a significant amount of time to designing a lifetime treatment plan that will help you reduce the possibility of unforeseen pain or tooth breakage. This lifetime treatment plan is based on your previous visits, since we have records of your ailments and X-rays of your entire mouth.
Despite thorough preventive care and planning, dental emergencies can still arise under the best treatment plans, which is why we offer same-day dentistry when you need immediate care. At the first sign of serious trouble or pain, please give us a call and we can get you into our dental office as soon as possible.
Benefits of Emergency Dentistry
When you have dental emergencies, the optimal thing is to get immediate care as soon as you can (if not same-day, then next-day). By seeing an emergency dentist, you can avoid additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. Also, if you’re in pain, you can get relief and carry on with as little pain as possible. Some dental emergencies cause obstructions to talking or eating, which can make daily tasks difficult. You can resume your daily schedule quickly if you seek emergency dental care.
When You Might Need Emergency Dental Care
Although sudden dental problems seem quite serious at first glance, most actually don’t require emergency care. Despite experiencing pain or discomfort, you can usually wait and schedule a normal appointment with your dentist to have your problem fixed. However, there are a few cases when you should seek emergency dental care. Some of these are:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Broken or chipped tooth
- Tooth knocked out of position
- Toothache with fever, swelling, severe pain, pus, redness
Should you experience the loss of a tooth, rinse it thoroughly in tap water without scrubbing it and place it back in the socket if possible. If you aren’t able to place the tooth back in the socket, you can also keep it between your cheek and gum or in some milk. Chipped pieces of teeth should be stored in a cool, moist cloth.
If your tooth is knocked out of position, try to push it back into its original position or bite down on it in order to keep it in position. If you have lacerations and you’re bleeding quite a bit, apply direct pressure so you can control the bleeding. Emergency care will determine if you need stitches and/or antibiotics.
What to Do Before Your Visit
Depending on the type of emergency you have and the severity of it, there can be several ways for you to reduce pain and additional unnecessary damage. However, a good course of action to take is to apply cold compresses to the affected area in order to reduce swelling. Contact our office as soon as possible to get same-day dentistry so you can get pain relief.