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When you or your child are in severe dental pain, the absolute last thing you want to do is waste time sitting in a waiting room, which is exactly what will happen if you head to the ER. If you’re ever in need of urgent dental care, the better bet is to always call My Fredrick Dentist. We have the training and equipment you just won’t find at most emergency clinics, and we’ll work to see you as quickly as possible as well, preferably the same day as your call.
A dental emergency can come in the form of a sudden accident or a toothache that seemingly appears out of nowhere, and in either case, you should seek out professional help as soon as you can. When you call My Fredrick Dentist, our team will walk you through first-aid tips over the phone, and we’ll work to schedule an appointment so we can help you right away. However, if you can’t make it straight to our dental office for any reason, the following tips can provide some temporary relief:
An OTC medication can help manage any pain caused by a toothache, as can placing a cold compress on the face in 10 minute intervals. Don’t put aspirin or anything similar directly on the gums, however, as this can lead to a chemical burn.
Gently rinse the mouth with warm water and use a cold compress to manage any pain or swelling. Recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, and if the remaining tooth has a rough edge that is bothering the inside of the mouth, cover it with either a piece of sugarless gum or dental wax.
Find the tooth, rinse it off with warm water, and try to place it back into its socket, holding it there by keeping the mouth closed. If this isn’t working, it can be stored either in the cheek or a container with milk. It’s important to move quickly in this situation, as we can only save a tooth within an hour or so after it has been dislodged.
Try to find the restoration and rinse off any debris. Place it back onto the tooth, and if it won’t stay, see if a small dab of toothpaste helps. Don’t chew with the tooth until we can repair it, and if there is any sensitivity, an OTC medication can help.
Because there are so many types and severities of dental emergencies, there actually is no fixed price for urgent dental care. When you come to see us, our goal will be to get you out of pain before we address any damage. This may involve placing a small filling or removing and replacing multiple teeth. It all depends on the situation. In any case, our dental office can make these appointments much more affordable because we accept insurance, offer financing, and even have our own Membership Club.
In many cases, a severe toothache is a symptom of an infection that, if left alone, could cause you to lose your tooth altogether and might even spread to other parts of your mouth and body. In these cases, root canal therapy can be used to remove any infected tissues and prevent further damage; this helps save your tooth for years to come and prevents you from needing to replace it with some type of dental restoration. Despite what you might have seen on television, this procedure is virtually painless thanks to modern dental technology and techniques.