Emergency Dentist – Carrollton, TX
Relieving Your Pain Fast
You can’t always plan for when you need to visit the dentist. If a severe toothache or broken tooth catches you by surprise, Dr. Durga and our whole Carrollton team are prepared to accept your dental emergencies. Sometimes, getting attention right away can mean the difference between saving your tooth or not.
If you are unsure whether or not you’re dealing with a dental emergency, remember that if you’ve broken something, are in pain, or are bleeding from the mouth, chances are you need to seek urgent attention. Contact us right away, and a member of our team will let you know what to do.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies typically fall into one of two categories. There are long-term infections that cause raging toothaches that, more often than not, are the result of poor oral hygiene. Then, there are sudden physical injuries or accidents that are pretty much impossible to prepare for.
The first thing you should do in either of these situations is contact us right away. We will do everything in our power to try and see you on the same day that you call with an urgent dental situation. In the meantime, though, there are a few things you can do.
First, floss around the affected area to dislodge any food debris that may be causing your pain. If that doesn’t alleviate your discomfort, take an over-the-counter painkiller until you can come visit our office. Just be sure that if you take an aspirin, do NOT apply it directly to the hurting tooth, as that could irritate the gum tissue.
Rinse your mouth out with water to remove any broken portion of the tooth and prevent them from damaging the soft tissues in your mouth. To cut down on both pain and swelling, apply a cold compress to the appropriate cheek. If there are any jagged edges to the tooth, place dental wax or sugar-free gum over the tooth.
If you’ve just lost one of your permanent teeth, time is of the essence. You have maybe an hour to get to us so we can re-implant the tooth. If you can, place the tooth back in the socket, making sure it’s facing the right way. Otherwise, store your tooth in a container of saltwater or milk. The most important thing, besides getting to us quickly, is keeping the tooth moist.
If you happen to have any denture adhesive, or can get to a drugstore where they have some on hand, you can temporarily reattach your crown or filling using that. However, you should still contact us as soon as possible for a more successful and long-lasting reattachment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While no one can accurately predict when a dental emergency is going to strike, there are a few preventive measures you can take. Daily brushing and flossing as well as regular checkups and cleanings with us can help keep dental disease that causes toothaches at bay. Additionally, if you play contact sports, it never hurts to wear a dentist-prescribed mouthguard to prevent oral injuries like broken teeth. Finally, if you use your teeth as a tool, like to open packaging, you stop that, as it could severely damage your pearly whites.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Unless you come into our practice for a close examination, it’s difficult to give a precise estimate of how much you’re going to have to pay to treat your dental emergency. Once you arrive and we get a good look at your oral situation, then we can confirm which treatment you need to relieve your pain. Your treatment may range from a simple round of antibiotics for a minor tooth infection to a root canal, tooth extraction, or even a dental implant to replace a knocked-out tooth. No matter what the cost of your treatment is, we will develop a payment plan that works in your favor.