Emergency dental care can be required as the result of an untreated oral health issue that has progressed to the point of being unbearable. You can avoid this situation, by both practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling a regular dental exam every six months.
When an emergency dental situation occurs, it is best to have a plan in place. It might be difficult to know the difference between having a dental issue that can wait a bit to be addressed versus having a serious issue that requires immediate attention.
Emergency dental care can be required as the result of an untreated oral health issue that has progressed to the point of being unbearable. You can avoid this situation, by both practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling a regular dental exam every six months. This preventative approach allows Vita Dental to address problems before they develop. If you notice an ache or pain that is getting worse, do not wait until it is too late to have us identify the problem.
At Vita Dental our team will always put you and your care first. Our team works harmoniously to provide you with a stress free and state-of-the-art experience. At Vita Dental we focus on providing the best dental service available under any circumstances for your individual needs while earning your trust and confidence. We concentrate on creating a calming space for your satisfaction. Do not hesitate to call us today at 317-288-4226 with any questions you might have regarding preparing an emergency dentist plan and join our family today!
By being prepared and knowing a few tips, you can make sure you can remain calm and know what to do when and if an issue happens. These tips will also help ensure that you take the correct steps and avoid creating any unnecessary complications later.
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Toothache pain can become overwhelming, making it difficult to eat and sleep. Serious tooth pain can be caused by a dental abscess or infection, or by decay that has irritated the nerves in your tooth. If the tooth pain does not respond to an over-the-counter pain reliever, you should consider it a dental emergency. Call Vita Dental immediately, and follow these tips until we can see you:
- Rinse your mouth with salt water to kill bacteria and alleviate inflammation.
- Hold a cold compress against the outside of your mouth near the sore tooth.
- Use dental floss to remove any food that is lodged near the sore tooth.
- Apply an oral numbing gel to the sore tooth and the gums around it.
- Never apply aspirin or another pain reliever directly to your tooth or gums, as this can irritate the gum tissue and make matters a lot worse.
We will examine the tooth and take x-rays to determine the source of the pain. You might need a root canal or an extraction to eliminate the pain, or antibiotics may be prescribed.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
Having a tooth knocked out can be traumatic, but first take a deep breath and remember that we treat this kind of situation often. If you can see Vita Dental within an hour, there is a pretty good chance we will be able to re-insert the tooth into its socket and save it.
Have a friend call us immediately while you focus on the lost tooth. Always pick up the tooth by the crown, not the root, because you do not want to introduce bacteria to the tooth root. If there is any debris on the tooth, run it under some clean, cold water, but do not dry it. Push it back into its socket, and bite down slowly to keep it in place until you reach us. If you cannot get the tooth back into its socket, put it in a cup of milk.
The emergency treatment process for saving a lost tooth involves cleaning the socket, and then re-inserting the tooth in its socket. We may use wire or a special splint to hold the tooth in place. Over the next few weeks, the jawbone will fuse to the tooth, making it stable once again.
A Broken or Cracked Tooth
If you chip or break a tooth it is important to see Vita Dental as soon as possible. The sooner you receive treatment, the more likely it is that we can reattach the broken piece to your damaged tooth. Save any pieces of the chipped tooth that you find and rinse them gently in warm water. Then place them in a cup of milk and bring them on your appointment.
If the tooth is painful, you can ease the pain by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. Hold a cold compress against your cheek, and if you are bleeding, bite down on a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding.
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A Lost or Damaged Filling
If you chip or crack a dental filling and do not experience intense pain, you can call Vita Dental and schedule an appointment for repair. If you lose a filling completely, you can just place some sugar-free gum in the empty space. If this keeps you comfortable, you can see us to have the filling replaced within a few days. If the pain is unbearable, contact us so we can insert a new filling promptly.
A Lost Crown
A lost crown is considered a dental emergency, but as with a lost filling, you should be able to wait for treatment until we can get you in. You can apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate any soreness. You can also apply some denture glue to the tooth and slip the crown back over it. Never use super glue to reattach the crown. If you cannot get the crown to stay securely on your tooth, store it in a plastic bag until you can see us.
Loose Braces Brackets
A loose braces bracket is not a reason to visit an emergency dentist at 12:00 am, but it is a reason to see Vita Dental as soon as possible. Until then you can use orthodontic wax to hold the loose bracket in place. Also apply some wax over the top of the bracket so that it does not rub on your cheek. We will probably need to re-cement the bracket or replace it entirely.
If an arch wire in your braces breaks off or starts poking you in the cheek, this is also an emergency that can wait until the next day. To stop the wire from poking you, use a pencil eraser to bend it back against your teeth. Do not cut the wire; it may accidentally get stuck in your tongue, or you may swallow it. Cover the end of the wire with some orthodontic wax to prevent it from rubbing on your cheek. Stick with soft foods until you have your braces repaired.
A Dental Abscess
A dental abscess is an infection that occurs in or around a tooth root. They can cause serious pain, and they can be dangerous as they can spread into the jawbone or even into your blood. It is important to seek treatment for a suspected dental abscess as soon as possible to reduce the chance of the infection spreading. If you have a fever or severe pain, call us immediately for care. If you do not have a fever and are able to manage your pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, you can call us in the morning, and we will probably be able to see you that same day.
As with all toothaches, you can keep abscess pain under control with cold compresses, salt-water rinses, and sticking to soft foods. Abscesses are often treated with a root canal procedure. If the tooth is badly infected, an extraction is an affordable treatment option.
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An Oral Injury
If you have suffered an injury to your mouth that results in either tissue damage or bleeding, your best bet is to go to the emergency room. The doctors there can suture up any external cuts and refer you to an emergency dentist for any damage to your teeth or soft tissues. Until you reach the emergency room, you can control the bleeding by placing pressure on the wounded area with a cold compress. Rinse your mouth with cool water to control any bleeding from the internal cuts and keep the area clean.
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The entire team at Vita Dental is confident that you and your family will be comfortable in our caring and comprehensive office. We will always treat you like family because you are both our friends and our neighbors. We focus our efforts on providing you exceptional, high quality dental care in a relaxing environment. Give us a call today at 317-288-4226 with any questions regarding an emergency dental plan, or any concerns you might have.
Vita Dental is a modern dental practice serving Fishers, Indiana, and the surrounding communities. You can find Vita Dental at 11630 Olio Rd, #100, Fishers, IN 46037.