Emergency services are obviously needed when you have a broken bone or when you’re experiencing severe pain or bleeding. Unfortunately, it’s not always so obvious when it comes to oral injuries. Is it a dental emergency when you have a toothache or chipped tooth? Regardless of what kind of dental emergency you’re having, the dentists at Texas Dentistry are prepared to answer your call. When you do, you can expect us to schedule your emergency appointment and provide helpful advice to improve your condition before you arrive. The worst thing you can do is put off your treatment! Call us right away for emergency dentistry in Mesquite.
Don’t wait if you believe you’re having a dental emergency; call our dental office as soon as possible. Whether your tooth is experiencing severe pain from tooth decay or physical trauma, the best thing you can do is schedule an appointment by calling us. A team member will determine the best time and day to arrive as well as give helpful advice on managing your situation. Before you arrive, here’s what you should do in the following situations leading up to your appointment. If your jaw is broken or your mouth is bleeding severely without stopping, get to the emergency room first.
After rinsing your mouth out with warm water, wrap floss in between your teeth to dislodge any pieces of food. Do not take aspirin as this can create a burning sensation in your gums. Apply an ice pack if swelling is present, making sure to remove and reapply it in 10-minute intervals. Instead of aspirin, take ibuprofen to reduce discomfort.
Make sure no dirt or debris is inside your mouth or tooth by rinsing it with warm water. If swelling is present in your cheeks, lips or face, apply a cold compress. You’ll need to get to the dentist right away if the crack in your tooth extends below the gum line. Minimal cracks with no discomfort can be handled during normal business hours.
Keep calm and do your best to find the tooth. Only pick it up by the crown portion and avoid touching the root directly. Do not remove any tissue still attached. If any debris is stuck on the tooth, use cold water to gently rinse it off. Once you’ve rinsed your mouth with warm water, place the tooth back into your socket. Gently bite down to keep the tooth stable. Keep the tooth inside a container of milk, saltwater or saliva if placing the tooth is not possible. Visit our dental office within half an hour to ensure the best chances of reimplantation.
Lost fillings and crowns are not as serious as broken or knocked-out teeth, but they can still feel quite uncomfortable, especially if you are not able to address it right away. If you still have the crown, use dental cement or denture adhesive to reattach it to your tooth. However, if you don’t have the restoration, simply avoid chewing until you get to our dental office, ideally on that side of your mouth. This will reduce the risk of food getting stuck inside your damaged tooth.
Preventing dental emergencies starts with committing to routine brushing and flossing at home, but it’s complete when you make regular visits to our dental office every six months. Basic habits like these help you catch problems before they turn into dental emergencies in the first place. Additionally, it’s best to avoid extremely hard foods like toffee or ice cubes, which can easily crack teeth if you’re not careful. Do not chew on inedible objects, including pens or packaging material. These can all chip and crack teeth. If you play contact sports, use a mouthguard.
Root canal therapy is performed in order to save teeth damaged either by extensive decay or as a result of a traumatic injury. It is truly the last defense against a damaged tooth. Extracting teeth is generally seen as a last resort for dentists. Root canal therapy removes infections inside teeth, fills the tooth with a rubber-like material known as gutta percha to replace damaged and decayed tooth pulp, then seals the tooth with a tooth-colored crown. There are few restorative treatments that work to restore the aesthetics and function of your original tooth quite like root canals.
In the event that your tooth cannot be saved or it has become too damaged, either by decay or injury, our dental office will perform a safe and effective tooth extraction. While dentists do not jump to extractions as the first treatment option, they may be necessary if your neighboring teeth are at risk of damage or infection. During your appointment, we’ll carefully examine your tooth and take the steps to ensure that your extraction is comfortable.
In some cases, your dental emergency may be a wisdom tooth that has started to erupt. If you notice pain in the back of the mouth and you have a strict oral care routine, it could mean that it’s time that you had a wisdom tooth extraction. During your treatment, we’ll perform x-rays to confirm the location of your wisdom tooth, then take the necessary steps to ensure your comfort before beginning treatment, whether that’s with local anesthetic or supplemental sedation therapy if necessary.