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Dental emergencies actually happen more often than you might think! When you’re dealing with a lot of oral pain, the last thing you want to do is spend time in the waiting room at the ER or have to search for “emergency dentist” online. Instead, you can be prepared for the unexpected simply by putting Smiles by the Sea’s number into your phone right now. We strive to see emergency patients as quickly as possible so we can get them out of pain, and unlike other clinics, we won’t charge you an arm and a leg to do it.
It can be tough to know what to do right after a dental emergency has occurred, but it’s best to just stay calm and give us a call as soon as you can. That way, we can schedule an appointment to see you as soon as we can. Plus, our team can give you first-aid tips to get a handle on the situation. Following a few of these simple tips can help reduce pain and give us a better chance to save damaged teeth:
If the pain is minor, start by cleaning around the tooth to remove anything that might be stuck near it and causing the irritation. If this doesn’t help, or if the pain is severe, an OTC medication or cold compress on the face can provide a temporary solution until we can see you.
Place a cold compress on the face in 10 minute intervals to manage any swelling, and try to recover any large pieces of the tooth you can find. To prevent the remaining tooth from cutting the inside of the mouth, cover it either with some sugarless gum or a bit of dental wax.
We can indeed save a fully dislodged tooth and put it back into place, but only an hour or so after the initial accident, so you need to move fast! Try to recover the tooth, gently rinse it off, and attempt to place it back into its socket. If this isn’t working, store it either in the cheek or a container of milk—it’s essential that the tooth remain wet to keep it viable!
Find the restoration, clean off any debris, and see if you can place it back onto the tooth. A small bit of toothpaste can help with this, but DO NOT use any other adhesive to keep it in place. Avoid chewing with the tooth until we can see you.
The following habits will go a long way in making sure you don’t have to make a surprise trip to the dentist:
No two dental emergencies are alike, and because of this, there is actually no set price for urgent dental care. Rather, our treatment recommendations will be based on each patient’s particular situation. One patient might just need a small filling, while another may require a root canal and a crown. In any case, we’ll be sure to thoroughly review all of your options and related pricing information so there are never any unpleasant surprises at checkout.