What Is Considered
A Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is a situation in which you need treatment on your tooth or mouth as soon as possible because of bleeding, swelling, severe pain, dental trauma, or damage to your teeth or dental work. We can treat a wide range of dental emergencies in Cedar Park, TX, with varying treatments, whether that’s a tooth restoration, dental bonding, root canal, or extraction.
At Whitestone Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of emergency dental treatments to help relieve your pain as soon as possible and work to restore your oral health, the structure of your teeth, and repair any damage done to fillings or other dental work.
The Following Are Examples Of
- Severe toothache
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Uncontrollable bleeding/soft tissue trauma
- Swelling and abscess
- Signs of infection
- Jaw pain
- Loose or knocked-out tooth
- Severe tooth decay
- Loose dentures/tooth restorations
How To Handle
A Dental Emergency
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, the first thing you should do is contact us at Whitestone Family Dentistry to make an appointment. In the meantime, relieve moderate pain by taking over-the-counter anti-pain medication.
When experiencing a toothache, severe decay, trauma, or signs of infection, you should swish around a saline solution in the mouth to get rid of bacteria and reduce swelling and pain. A cold compress can also be applied to the cheek area to reduce swelling.
If you are bleeding due to soft tissue or dental trauma, you should apply gauze to the area and bite down to stop the bleeding. You can also try biting down onto a damp caffeinated tea bag. For severe bleeding, you need emergency treatment right away.
For chipped teeth, examine the tooth to make sure you don’t see any pink color, as this indicates that you have an exposed nerve. In this case, you should seek dental treatment as soon as possible to save the tooth.
Be careful of sharp edges that could cut your tongue. If your chipped tooth is cutting your tongue or your mouth, you may need to place something such as a temporary dental filling from the pharmacy until you can reach the dentist.
If you have a knocked-out tooth, clean it by sticking it in milk or water. Then, holding it by the tooth’s crown (top of the tooth), try to stick it back into the socket and hold it there for a short time until it can re-adhere itself. If you cannot reattach your tooth, store it in a container of milk or saliva and bring it with you to the dentist.
At Whitestone Family Dentistry, we understand that you can’t ever plan for a dental emergency. They can happen at any time and require prompt attention and treatment to prevent worsening the problem. That’s why we offer same-day appointments for dental emergencies.
There’s no reason to delay treatment when you have a knocked-out tooth, severe pain, or uncontrolled bleeding. We treat dental emergencies with the urgency and prompt care that they deserve so you can be assured that we will attend to you as soon as possible when you contact us.
To make an emergency dental appointment, contact us online or call us to schedule an appointment or simply walk in and we will fit you in as soon as possible. If you are nervous about your appointment, we offer dental sedation to help you relax and feel at ease.