Are you experiencing a severe toothache or a chipped tooth? When a dental emergency happens, you need to get assistance right away! At Murphy Dental Home, you have a dedicated team that is here to help as soon as possible. We do our best to see you on the same day as your first phone call, and you can rely on your emergency dentist in Murphy, TX, Dr. Khushboo Gandhi, to get you out of pain and back to dental health efficiently. So contact our dental office if you or a loved one has a dental emergency!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
In most cases, your first move should be calling our team at Murphy Dental Home. In fact, we recommend saving our number in your phone so that you’re prepared if a dental emergency pops up. We’ll get you set up with an appointment immediately and give you advice for dealing with your situation until you can come in. Here are just some dental emergency scenarios and some quick tips for handling them.
Before calling us, try to floss around the hurting tooth to make sure nothing’s stuck. If the pain continues, give us a call and take OTC pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol. You can also use a cold compress to reduce swelling and discomfort. Keep in mind that the problem is likely tooth decay that has gone into the tooth’s pulp. A root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.
Whether you’ve broken or chipped a tooth, attempt to gather up the pieces of the tooth and bring them when you come for your appointment. If the tooth has sharp edges or points, you can cover them with sugarless gum or dental wax. We will do everything in our power to salvage the tooth; however, if the damage is too severe, we may need to extract it.
When you pick up the tooth, do not touch the root or any tissue that is still attached. After you gently rinse off the tooth, place it in either in your mouth or in a container of milk or saltwater to keep the tooth moist. Try to arrive at our dental office within an hour for the highest chances of re-implanting the natural tooth.
If you lose a filling or crown, reposition it on the tooth as best you can, and avoid using that side of your mouth to chew. To hold it in place, you can use a dab of toothpaste or sugarless gum, but remember that these are just temporary solutions. You still need to come in and get the restoration replaced.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Some dental emergencies occur despite everyone’s best efforts to keep your smile healthy. However, most can be avoided when you take these simple preventive steps:
Floss and brush your teeth every day.
See Dr. Gandhi every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
Don’t chew on fingernails, ice, pens, popcorn kernels, etc.
Avoid using your teeth to open bags, packaging, or bottles.
Wear a mouthguard when you play sports.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
With so many possible scenarios for a dental emergency, it is basically impossible to generalize an estimate for everyone. Even if two patients have similar dental emergencies, the treatment they need could differ. We need to perform an in-depth examination before we can explain your options and go through specific prices. However, there’s one thing that remains the same in every situation: waiting to seek help increases the cost because dental emergencies only get worse over time.
Learn More About the Cost of Dental Emergencies
So if you have a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
The moment a dental emergency hits, what do you do? Perhaps you may not even realize that the problem you’re experiencing is considered an urgent dental issue that needs immediate attention. Regardless of your circumstance, we encourage you to give us a call for additional guidance or look through our most commonly asked questions below if needed. We are more than happy to get you seen as soon as possible and stop any dental discomfort you’re experiencing.
Will my toothache go away on its own?
If a toothache appears, it’s generally a sign that something else is wrong. Most of the time, they won’t get better on their own like the common cold or a papercut. Instead, they only tend to get worse, making treatment a more involved and costly process. Since there are many causes for a toothache (or major tooth sensitivity), you’ll want to get it checked out by our office as soon as possible. This is the best next step for diagnosing a dental issue before it has a chance to get worse.
Is my tooth pain from an infection?
When a tooth is experiencing soreness or a throbbing sensation, that means it’s more likely that bacteria has reached the center where the pulp lies and caused an infection to develop. You may also notice chronic bad breath (even after brushing), tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, a draining sore on the gums nearby the tooth, or gum tissue that appears red, swollen, or irritated. When you visit our office, we can perform a detailed examination and X-ray to find out what’s going on for sure, then prescribe a treatment plan to stop your discomfort and save your tooth.
Can I pop a dental abscess on my own?
There is no reason to try to pop or drain a dental abscess on your own. Doing so will only expose your mouth to more bacteria and cause the affected area to become even more irritated than it already is. By doing nothing, the infection can continue to spread within the mouth and to other nearby areas like the neck and throat. Instead, get in touch with our office so we can treat the abscess directly.
How long can a restoration be temporarily attached?
If you have a dental crown that’s come off but you’ve been able to reseat it using a safe and recommended dental adhesive, you should still call us as soon as possible. At best, the crown will only remain in place for a few days, and that’s assuming you only eat soft foods in the meantime. More than likely, the crown will need to be replaced by our office. If you have lost a dental filling, it will need to be replaced outright.
Should knocked-out teeth be placed in water?
Placing a recently avulsed (knocked-out tooth) into plain water can cause damage to its root surface cells. This can reduce our office’s ability to place it back into your mouth. For this reason, we do not recommend placing it in plain water. The best thing you can do is keep it in your open socket for preservation.