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.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Are you still wondering what to do during a dental emergency? When you contact our team at Mt. Holly Dentistry, we’ll provide you with over-the-phone guidance until you’re able to reach our office for your appointment. Below, we’ve also answered some common questions we receive from our patients for your convenience.
Will my toothache go away on its own?
As much as we’d all like to avoid an unexpected visit to an emergency dentist and hope for the best, it’s not likely that your toothache will go away on its own. If it does, it could be a sign that an infection has killed the nerves inside of your tooth, meaning you could require immediate extraction.
As soon as you notice that you have a toothache, try to gently floss around the affected area and rinse with salt water. If your pain persists, it’s likely the result of an infection. Leaving this situation untreated could result in permanent damage to your mouth, which is why we suggest getting to our office as soon as possible if you’re experiencing severe oral pain.
Should I go to the ER or an emergency dentist?
Making important decisions during stressful moments, like driving to your ER or your emergency dentist, can be difficult. After taking a deep breath and assessing your situation, ask yourself these three questions, if you answer “yes” to any of them, you may need to visit your local emergency room for medical attention:
- Do I have a deep facial laceration that could need stitches?
- Am I having trouble breathing or swallowing?
- Is my jaw fractured or broken?
Once you receive the medical attention you need, be sure to contact our office so we can schedule an appointment to take care of your dental needs.
How can I relieve my pain?
It’s a good idea to contact our office directly so we can assess your situation before recommending pain relief methods. Once we determine what’s safe to do, we may suggest one of the following:
- Use over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen.
- Place a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
- Rinse with a lukewarm salt water solution.
What’s causing my face to swell?
If you’re experiencing facial swelling, it could be a result of a tooth infection or dental trauma. If there’s damage to your teeth or gums, be sure to contact your emergency dentist immediately so we can establish a treatment plan. To help ease your pain and bring down any puffiness in the meantime, you can place a cold compress on the affected area for up to an hour in 10-minute increments.
How can I tell if my situation is an actual emergency?
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, that’s a good sign that you require urgent treatment. Your body is likely alerting you to a situation that has already progressed, which means fast action is required. Ignoring signs and discomfort will likely result in the development of additional problems or permanent damage.