When a dental emergency strikes, you may not know what to do at first. If your initial thought is to visit the hospital or emergency room, we ask that you reconsider. When a tooth is in pain or you’ve suffered an oral injury, it’s more likely that Dr. Borsky can help you get out of discomfort and provide a detailed diagnosis of your dental issue. Give our dental office a call today to schedule your appointment for emergency dentistry in Anderson Township, OH!
When a dental emergency occurs, the first thing you should do after you’ve taken a moment to calm down is call our dental office. Not only does this give you a chance to schedule an appointment, but it also gives us a chance to help you stabilize your condition before you arrive. Below, you’ll learn about what to do during a given dental emergency and what you should do next to handle it before you get to Dr. Borsky’s dental office.
Use dental floss to remove food debris that may be stuck in between your teeth. If discomfort continues after flossing, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen. Do not take aspirin as it can cause a burning sensation if it comes into contact with gum tissue. Apply an ice pack if swelling occurs. When you arrive, we’ll confirm if we need to remove decay and place a filling or perform another treatment to get you out of pain.
Keep any pieces of your broken tooth that you can and bring them to our dental office. If the break occurred as a result of an injury, use a cold compress to reduce potential swelling. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to our dental office. Take painkillers as needed. When you arrive, we’ll likely need to cover the tooth with a dental crown. If the damage is too significant, the tooth may need to be removed.
Locate the tooth and do your best to stay calm. Pick up the tooth by the crown portion and avoid touching the root or removing any tissue still attached to the root. Gently rinse off any dirt or debris from the tooth, then rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water. Place the tooth back into your open socket and gently bite down to keep it in place. If this isn’t possible, keep the tooth in a container of milk, saline solution, or saliva and get to our dental office within the hour to have it re-implanted.
Keep the restoration and bring it to our dental office. Do not chew on that side of your mouth until you get seen. If you want to cover the damaged tooth, you can use denture adhesive, dental cement, or petroleum jelly to temporarily adhere the tooth back in place. We’ll likely need to replace the restoration with a new one to ensure long-term protection.
Take naproxen sodium or ibuprofen to relieve swelling and muscle pain. Apply an ice pack to your face for 10 minutes at a time, then remove it for an additional 10 minutes. If you choose to stretch or massage your jaw, apply a warm towel to your face for about five minutes. Keep to a soft diet until you get to our dental office. We’ll do our best to confirm the source of your discomfort and create a treatment plan from there.
If you want to avoid dental emergencies in the first place, the best thing you can do is practice proper prevention. This means brushing twice and flossing once daily. It also means staying committed to routine checkups and cleanings at our dental office and avoiding really tough, sticky, or crunchy foods, especially if you have dental restorations. If you suffer from chronic teeth grinding or clenching while you sleep, purchase a custom-made nightguard for optimal protection. If you play contact sports, always wear your sportsguard.
Since many different factors can go into emergency dental treatment, it’s important to keep in mind that the cost of treatment may vary from person to person. For example, treating tooth pain could require a simple prescription or a more detailed cleaning and filling placement. The best thing you can do is actually come to the dental office for an examination. Letting a dental emergency fester could result in higher overall dental care costs and more discomfort. Once we diagnose your problem, we can provide a more accurate estimate for your emergency dental costs.
Are you still worried about what you would do if you had a dental emergency on your hand? For urgent situations, Dr. Jeremy Borsky offers same-day treatment as well as other services to help get you out of pain fast. For your convenience, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our emergency patients below.
For severe injuries that require medical attention, such as a fractured or dislocated jaw, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or a deep facial cut, you’ll need to visit your nearest emergency room before you schedule an appointment with us to get your dental needs taken care of. Any issue that could be life-threatening should first be addressed medically. Once you’ve received the treatment you need, you can contact our office to schedule a same-day appointment with your emergency dentist so we can repair your smile and prevent additional oral damage from occurring.
If you experience swelling on the outside of your face due to dental trauma, you can place a cold compress on your cheek for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. This will bring down the puffiness of the area and help reduce any discomfort that you’re experiencing. If you’re experiencing pain associated with the swelling, you can also take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen to help.
Dental sensitivity can be cause by several problems, including receding gums or eroding enamel. If you notice that your gums have begun to shrink in appearance, leaving your teeth looking longer than normal, then this could be due to the advanced stages of gum disease. In this case, you’ll want to visit our office as soon as possible to avoid permanent oral damage such as tooth loss. If your sensitivity isn’t caused by this, you can use a special toothpaste that helps fortify enamel and reduce discomfort from consuming hot or cold foods and drinks.
The best way to combat dental emergencies is to be prepared. Even if you’re on your way to our office, it’s a good idea to have a handy dental emergency kit that can help ease your pain and reduce the chances of additional damage. You can place these kits in easily accessible areas such as your living room, car, and even at work. Here are some handy items to include:
Dr. Borsky understands how stressful dental emergencies can be, especially for patients who have dental anxiety in addition to their situation. That’s why he offers sedation to help you feel calmed, relaxed, and at ease while we work on your smile and get rid of your pain.