Emergency Dental Care
If you are experiencing intense oral pain, severe tooth damage, or gum bleeding, please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately, 24/7. Many people believe dental clinics reserve emergency procedures for only life-altering issues, but something as small as a cavity that causes too much discomfort can qualify as an emergency. Our team at 32ology Dental Studio provides emergency dental care to remedy any of your unexpected oral health issues quickly.
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What Are the Different Emergency Dental Services?
Chipped or Broken Tooth Repair
Seemingly benign issues like a chipped or broken tooth can evolve into more severe problems that are both costly and taxing to handle. Breaking or chipping a tooth can often happen due to trauma, but these types of damage can also result from oral problems that build up progressively over time.
For example, unresolved tooth decay causes cavities and can lead to a chipped or broken tooth. Your tooth enamel is the outer layer of the tooth that is visible when you smile. While this enamel is hard and strong, the tooth’s internal structure can experience decay, making it easier to crack a tooth. A bite of food that is too hard or accidentally chomping down on a utensil can easily cause cracked teeth if decay persists.
Despite the cause of your chipped or broken tooth, you will likely need an emergency dental appointment to ensure no further issues arise. Common treatments for a broken tooth include dental bonding, a filling, a porcelain veneer, or a dental crown.
While toothaches are sometimes just an annoyance and go away on their own, many toothaches can evolve into serious issues and require immediate, emergency dental care. If your toothaches persist for too long or cause extreme pain, you likely need emergency care. While most toothaches begin from irritation to the nerve in the root of the tooth, the exact reasons are difficult to identify without a dentist.
Knocked-Out Tooth Replacement
If you have a knocked-out tooth, you should treat it as a medical emergency. Usually, we can save a knocked-out tooth if we replace it within 30 minutes, but you have to act fast if you want to keep it.
Once you get to your dentist, the process will depend on if you have the tooth in place or stored in a fluid. If you have already reinserted the knocked-out tooth, we will X-ray your mouth to ensure it is in the correct position. Then, we will splint the tooth, joining it to the teeth around it and keeping it in place until the gums reattach to the tooth, which usually takes about two weeks. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, we will numb the area and insert the tooth for you. Then we X-ray your mouth and splint the tooth, as mentioned above.
For children, we usually don’t replace the baby tooth. Instead, we show you how to help your child manage the pain, reduce swelling, and clean the empty socket until the adult tooth beneath comes in.
No other steps are usually needed if the knocked-out tooth hasn’t broken. However, if a tooth has exposed pulp, we’ll need to perform a root canal. Many patients feel apprehensive about this procedure, but modern dentistry practices make root canals straightforward and painless.
If you can’t find the tooth, don’t worry. We have plenty of other options for that empty socket.
We can create a denture for you, a false tooth that you can easily remove for cleaning. We can also make a bridge, gluing a fake tooth to the adjacent teeth. Both of these are relatively painless and noninvasive. If you want something more permanent, we can install a dental implant, where we place a screw into the jawbone and mold a tooth over it to fit in the opening.
Endodontics & Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth becomes decayed or fractured, the bacteria can eat their way through the enamel and dentin layers until they reach the pulp tissue. Once here, they cause the pulp tissue to break down, causing destruction of the nerves and blood vessels within the pulp.
As the tissue breaks down, an infectious process starts within the pulp, and eventually the nerves and blood vessels die. Pressure from this infectious process builds up within the tooth, usually causing pain, and eventually an abscess develops at the root tip. Until this degraded tissue is removed from within the tooth, this painful infectious process continues.
Root canal treatment is performed on teeth where the nerve tissue within the roots has deteriorated, creating an infection. Within the roots are tiny canals where the nerve is located. When the nerve tissue degenerates, these tiny canals must be located, thoroughly cleaned, and then sealed with a filling material. A dental crown is often placed to further protect the affected tooth long-term.
Wisdom Teeth Infection
Wisdom teeth can become infected if they are partially erupted and food gets stuck under the gums causing an infection around the tooth. Another common cause is tooth decay. Since wisdom teeth are so far back, most people have a hard time brushing and keeping them clean, which leads to decay that eventually causes an infection. When there’s a problem with a wisdom tooth, you may start to notice symptoms like pain in the jaw or ear swelling, bad breath, difficulty opening the mouth, or fever.
To prevent the infection from getting worse and to protect your oral health, it is important to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. They may address the infection through antibiotics or, if necessary, may remove the tooth to prevent further complications from developing. If you notice swelling in your face and have difficulty swallowing with fever, then you will have to go to urgent care or the emergency room to get IV antibiotics to control the spread of the infection to vital organs like the brain and heart.
What Should I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency?
If you’ve chipped or cracked your teeth, rinse your mouth with warm water to limit swelling. Warm water can help alleviate any swelling resulting from damaged teeth. Then, apply ice to the affected parts of your jaw and call our office. It’s important to note that you should never apply pain medications directly to the infected area. Doing so might obscure the dentist’s ability to use a more effective pain reliever.
If you’ve completely lost a tooth, place it in a glass of milk, or a tooth preservation kit called “Save-a-Tooth,” call an emergency dentist immediately, and bring the tooth with you. We might be able to put the tooth back in place. Only pick up the tooth by its crown (the top) to avoid getting any germs on the tooth’s roots. If it fell on the floor or has gotten dirty, gently rinse it off, preferably with milk, or water if you don’t have milk. Try not to scrub the tooth with anything because you may damage it.
If the dislodged tooth is an adult tooth, you should try to replace it immediately after cleaning it off. Then, bite firmly onto something soft like cloth to keep it in place. If you implant a permanent tooth back into the gums quickly enough, you might save it. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, clean it off with milk or water, as mentioned before, and store it in some milk, saliva, or even your mouth. You must keep it constantly moist or risk further damage to the tooth.
If a child has a knocked-out tooth, don’t try to reinsert their tooth. Resetting baby teeth in their sockets could damage the permanent teeth growing beneath them. Instead, save the tooth by keeping it stored in milk or saliva. Don’t let your child hold it in their mouth, as they risk swallowing the tooth.
Regardless of who lost what kind of tooth, you must get to your dentist fast! Try to call your dentist in advance, so they know you are coming and can accommodate you when you arrive. Don’t try to go to the hospital because they don’t have the technology or tools necessary to reinsert the tooth.
Jaw or Tooth Pain
To help alleviate toothache pain, try flossing and brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and rinse with warm salt water. Of course, do these steps gently, so you don’t accidentally agitate the area further. In some cases, toothaches originate when leftover food remains stuck in your teeth, so giving yourself a good cleaning might help. If your pain is severe, the discomfort might be a symptom of an infection or severe decay.
For jaw pain, rinse your mouth with warm water and try to reduce the swelling with ice or a cold compress. You should then visit your emergency dentist as soon as you’re able to.
Although you shouldn’t apply pain relievers like aspirin directly to the infected area, taking an over-the-counter, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory is beneficial. These drugs can help alleviate the pain long enough for you to remain comfortable until emergency dental services resolve the problem completely.
How Much Does an Emergency Dental Treatment Cost?
Emergency dentistry will likely cost you more than a general appointment because of the sudden service, but the exact cost of your visit depends on the treatment you’ll need. We offer flexible payment to accommodate your financial needs.
How Soon Can I Get Seen for My Dental Emergency?
Emergency dentists perform emergency root canals, repair fractured or chipped teeth, treat dental bleeding, and prescribe antibiotics and medicine to stop severe pain. The difference between an appointment at 32ology Dental Studio for general dentistry and emergency dentistry is that emergency services are prioritized on our schedule to relieve your discomfort as soon as possible.
Why Shouldn’t I Go to the Hospital for My Dental Emergency?
Hospitals and emergency rooms don’t have in-house dentists. That’s why if you visit either one with severe tooth pain or dental damage, they’ll likely prescribe you an antibiotic and send you right to an emergency dentist. Emergency room physicians don’t have the tools or training to treat dental issues. With 24/7 emergency dental services from 32ology Dental Studio, Dr. Kudaverdian can quickly and correctly tend to your oral health before the issue worsens.
Please note: While our team is available around the clock to address urgent dental problems, if you have a life-threatening emergency, please go to your nearest emergency room.
How Can I Prevent Emergency Dental Problems in the Future?
Some dental emergencies stem from unavoidable accidents, but you can avoid many severe dental problems by taking certain precautions in your daily life. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and avoiding chewing on hard objects like ice and hard candy can help keep your teeth strong and prevent cracks or chips. Additionally, when you visit your dentist for twice-yearly cleanings and discuss your lingering tooth pains and concerns openly, they’ll help you catch underlying issues before they can spiral into emergency status.
Schedule Your Emergency Dental Appointment
We know dental emergencies hit when you least expect them, so we’re available by phone 24/7 and will help you get in as soon as possible. Contact us today to receive emergency service.