Emergency Dentist – Mt. Holly
Lost or Broken Tooth? Call Us Right Away!
When your tooth’s been knocked out or damaged somehow, you need top quality care from an experienced, knowledgeable dentist as soon as possible. At Mt. Holly Family Dentistry, our skilled professionals employ advanced techniques and technologies to help you save your smile! We can also advise you on first aid techniques over the phone so that you can stop your injury from getting any worse before you can receive care. When a dental disaster strikes, contact our office right away!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
We’re ready to assist with any kind of emergency, whether it’s one that’s brought about by physical trauma or one that’s the result of a long-term infection; we’ll strive to see you as soon as possible, but in the meantime here are some tips you can follow to stay as comfortable as possible while you’re waiting for your appointment.
Over-the-counter medications can help reduce the pain of a toothache, whether it’s minor or severe. There might be some swelling if the toothache’s caused by an infection, but you can keep it down with a cold compress.
A tooth that’s suffered from physical damage doesn’t always hurt, but you do need to have it checked out right away. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with some warm water and save as many large pieces of the tooth as you can. A broken tooth might have a rough edge that can scratch the lips or gums, but you can cover it with some dental wax or sugarless gum.
In this situation, you need to get to our office in about an hour so that the tooth can be replanted. As soon as you’ve lost your tooth, pick it up by the chewing end, rinse it off, and call us immediately. Try to put the tooth back in its socket if you can; otherwise keep it in your cheek or a glass of milk.
Your restorations will wear down and change shape as time goes on, so there’s a good chance they’ll fall out at some point. Rinse the restoration off and put it back on the tooth if you can. The exposed tooth will likely be very sensitive and fragile, so take some pain medication and avoid chewing with that side of your mouth.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
To avoid infections in your mouth, good oral hygiene is a must! Brush at least twice a day (three times if you can – once after every meal), floss daily, and don’t forget to come to our office for regular checkups and cleanings.
You also need to protect your teeth from physical damage. Don’t bite down on popcorn kernels, pens or any other hard objects. Never use your teeth to open packages; always use scissors or another appropriate tool instead. If you play any sports, particularly ones that are contact-heavy, you should get a mouthguard to protect yourself from unexpected impacts.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Do you have a toothache that can be corrected with a small filling, or will a root canal be needed instead? Is there a minor crack that can be covered by a porcelain veneer, or do you need a crown to hold the tooth together? The cost for treating an emergency is different for every patient; to help make sure your care is affordable, we’ll accept most dental insurance plans and will help make sure you’re getting the most out of your benefits.