Dental emergencies can appear out of nowhere, and most of the time that’s exactly how they occur. One second you’re playing your favorite sport or biting into a sandwich or apple and the next your holding your tooth in pain or even pulling it out of your mouth! Whether the cause of your dental emergency was long-term decay, an oral infection or physical trauma, you shouldn’t have to put off an appointment at Anthem Dentistry for any reason. Call our dental office and either Dr. Connor or Dr. Williams will meet with you right away for emergency dentistry in Anthem, AZ.
Dental emergencies rarely get better on their own and it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to resolve it without help from a professional. That’s why we always tell our patients to call us right away the moment they believe something is wrong or if they experience an oral injury. When you call, we can provide helpful advice to improve your condition until you arrive. Below, you’ll find some helpful tips on what you should do next.
Use dental floss to loosen any food particles that may be caught between your teeth. If discomfort remains, take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation surrounding the tissue. Avoid aspirin as direct contact can cause a burning sensation. If decay is present, we may need to place a filling or crown depending on the severity.
Keep any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to the dental office. Do not chew any food until you get the tooth repaired. If the tooth is minorly chipped or there’s no discomfort, you may be able to wait until regular business hours to get treatment. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to your face for 10 minutes at a time, removing and reapplying for up to one hour.
Do your best to stay calm and locate the tooth. Once found, pick it up by the crown portion and avoid touching the root or removing any tissue still attached. After gently rinsing the tooth of any dirt or debris, place it back into your open socket. If not possible, keep it in milk and get to our dental office right away. If we cannot reimplant it, we will discuss tooth replacement options with you moving forward.
If you still have the restoration, you can temporarily attach it to your exposed tooth using dental cement, denture adhesive, petroleum jelly or sugar-free chewing gum if nothing else is available. In most cases, we will need to create a new crown or filling to effectively cover the tooth.
Dental emergencies are impossible to predict and difficult to avoid entirely, but there are many ways to easily reduce your risk of experiencing them. For example, it helps to:
Without performing an exam of your dental issue, we can’t know for sure what your emergency will cost to treat. While tooth pain could be a result of decay, which often times only requires a cleaning and filling, it could also be due to an oral infection, which involves more comprehensive care. No matter what your emergency may be, we recommend that you call us to set up a visit. We offer many flexible financing options, so you don’t have to live with your dental discomfort or broken/missing tooth any longer.
At Anthem Dentistry, your emergency dentist is committed to getting you out of dental pain fast. While we hope you never experience a dental emergency, we want you to be as prepared as possible just in case one strikes. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about emergency dentistry below. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call right away!
In nearly every case, you’ll save time, money, and hassle by giving us a call in a dental emergency instead of going straight to your local ER. However, there are some situations that need to be stabilized at the emergency room before we can repair your smile, such as:
Not every dental emergency is as easy to identify as a broken or knocked-out tooth. If you’re wondering if you need urgent dental care, ask yourself these questions:
If you answer yes to any of these questions, give us a call! We’ll help you assess your situation over the phone and give you step-by-step guidance on what you should do next.
Dental pain should always be investigated by your dentist in a timely manner. While most toothaches are caused by cavities and other non-emergency problems, some can be the result of a severe underlying issue that needs immediate attention. Your toothache may be an emergency if accompanied by:
There are several ways you can manage your dental pain until you can reach our office. Rinsing your mouth out with saltwater can help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation and applying an ice pack can ease swelling and numb the area. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and take them as directed.
However, it’s important that you remember that OTC pain relievers are intended to be a temporary fix. Even if you can manage your discomfort with the help of store-bought pain killers, you still need to come see us for treatment right away. Over-the-counter pain relivers won’t address the underlying, potentially serious problem that’s causing your discomfort, so don’t wait to give us a call if you have a toothache!