A little preparation can go a long way in preventing a minor emergency from turning into a major one, and this philosophy perfectly applies to your teeth! Should you or a loved one develop a toothache or badly injure your teeth, instead of panicking and rushing to the ER, you can call Total Dental Solutions to get the fast, professional care that you need. Dr. George Hoop has decades of experience handling urgent dental problems, and our office can schedule emergency patients for same-day appointments so they can get the relief they need in the fraction of the time compared to a general clinic.
The best thing you can do if you encounter an out-of-the-ordinary dental problem, even if you’re unsure whether or not it’s an emergency, is contact our office. Over the phone, explain your situation as clearly as you can, and we’ll let you know what to do next. If necessary, we’ll schedule you for an immediate appointment. In the meantime, here are a few proven methods for taking control during some of the most common dental emergencies:
If something is caught between the teeth, gently rinse and floss the area to remove it. Do NOT use a sharp object to attempt this. For toothaches that likely stem from a cavity or crack in the enamel, have the person take an OTC medication and/or rinse with warm saltwater a few times an hour.
Use a clean rag or gauze and some slight pressure to stop any bleeding. Recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can find and cover the remaining tooth with some sugarless gum to prevent a rough edge from accidentally injuring the lips or gums.
Pick up the tooth while avoiding the root and attempt to place it back into its socket. If this doesn’t work, hold it under the tongue. This will help preserve the tooth until you can make it to our office. Ideally, you should come see us within an hour of the accident to give us the best chance of replanting the tooth.
Use some dental cement (found at any pharmacy) to temporarily place the restoration back onto the tooth until you can visit us to get a full repair. If the restoration is lost or completely broken, simply cover the tooth with the cement and avoid chewing with that area of your mouth.
By far, the best thing you can do to prevent a dental emergency before it happens is simply practice consistent oral hygiene. Most urgent dental issues stem from small problems being allowed to turn into big ones. By brushing and flossing every day (and getting regular checkups from Dr. Hoop), you can stop this process before it even starts. Other smart things to do include wearing a mouthguard whenever you play sports, not chewing on extremely hard items like ice, and never using your teeth to open packages or bottles.
The cost of treating a dental emergency will always be different from patient to patient depending on the type and severity of their injury as well as the procedure needed to address it. When you come to see us, we’ll give you an exam and go over your treatment options as well as offer a price estimate. In general, it’s always wise to seek out emergency care as quickly as possible, as this allows Dr. Hoop to address a problem early, meaning he’ll likely be able to use a more conservative (and affordable) method to fix it.