When you least expect it, a dental emergency can pop up and ruin your day. But, thanks to our team at Sunny Smile Dental, it doesn’t have to ruin your smile. You can rely on Dr. Sung-Hee Lee and our compassionate team to relieve your pain and resolve the problem as soon as possible. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call our North Dallas dental office right away! In fact, we recommend saving our number in your phone just in case you need emergency dentistry in North Dallas, TX.
In most cases, your first move should be calling Sunny Smile Dental. Not only can we get you on our schedule quickly, but we can provide specific advice for dealing with your particular situation. After all, what you do before you come in can have an effect on your treatment. But don’t worry! Our team will be here to help you through the whole process. Below are just some general tips for some of the most common types of emergencies.
First, floss around the ailing tooth to loosen any trapped food debris. If your toothache continues, take over-the-counter pain medication and cold compress to manage your discomfort and any swelling, but do not place aspirin directly on the tooth. Keep in mind that tooth pain often indicates the need for a root canal.
Gather the pieces of the tooth and bring them with you when you come in. If your tooth has sharp edges, you can use dental wax to prevent it from cutting your soft tissues. Dr. Lee will do everything possible to put your tooth back together, but it is important to note that if the damage is too severe, extraction may be necessary.
Make sure that you come into our dental office within an hour for the best chances of saving the natural tooth. You should not touch the root, but you can hold the tooth by the crown. Rinse off the tooth, and try to place it back in the socket. Or you can put it in a container of milk or saltwater to keep it alive and moist.
Once you locate the restoration, try to reposition it on the tooth. If it keeps falling out of place, you can use a dab of toothpaste or dental adhesive to hold it there. However, this is just a temporary remedy, and you’ll still need to come in to have the restoration replaced.
A dental emergency can happen to anyone, despite the precautions they take. However, by doing the following, you can reduce the chances of a dental emergency happening to you:
Although each dental emergency is unique, one thing remains the same in all cases—it’s never a good idea to postpone getting essential treatment. Not only can you experience pain longer than necessary, but the problem can only get worse with time, likely costing you even more to fix it later on. If you are concerned about the cost of treatment, talk to our knowledgeable team. We can work with you to make the cost fit within your budget.