What should you do in an emergency? For many people, that’s an easy question to answer: simply call 911. However, if the emergency has to do with your teeth and gums, you should actually call us at Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Weatherford. Dr. Deborah Romack, Dr. Garrett Mulkey, and our team are better equipped and trained to handle these kinds of cases and help you get the relief you need quickly. If you find yourself in any of these situations, be sure to call us first. When you call us, we’ll make every effort to see you as soon as possible—we’ll even make same-day appointments! Also, our highly-skilled team will walk you through basic first-aid. If you find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency, don’t call 911, call us!
We will happily walk you through first aid steps and pain management over the phone, but you can keep reading for some basics that can help you stay comfortable until you reach our office.
If you’re experiencing a dull, throbbing pain, sharp pain when you bite down, or lingering sensitivity to heat or cold, you may be experiencing tooth decay or damage. In many cases, these symptoms are indicative of a need for root canal therapy. Take over the counter pain relievers and use topical analgesics to alleviate discomfort. You should also avoid using the painful tooth to chew.
When teeth are chipped or broken, you will need to take care to protect surrounding structure from damage. If there are sharp edges to the broken tooth, bite down on gauze or clean cloth or place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the sharp edges. Take over the counter pain relievers and use topical analgesics to alleviate discomfort. You should also avoid using the chipped or broken tooth to chew.
If a full tooth has been knocked out, we may be able to replace it, but time is of the essence. Make sure to call us right away. In the meantime, retrieve the tooth, and if at all possible, place it back in the socket. Bite down on gauze to hold the tooth in place and slow blood flow. If you can’t replace the tooth, store it in water or milk. You should still place gauze or clean cloth to slow blood flow. Take over the counter pain relievers and use topical analgesics to alleviate discomfort. You should also avoid chewing with the part of the mouth where the tooth was knocked out.
If you lose a filling, you will not likely be able to replace it. Take special care to keep the tooth clean and avoid using that part of your mouth to chew. If your crown becomes dislodged, try to reattach it using a small amount of denture adhesive. Take over the counter pain relievers and use topical analgesics to alleviate discomfort. You should also avoid chewing with the damaged tooth.
If you’re a patient at Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Weatherford, you already know that our team emphasizes prevention. While not all dental emergencies are preventable, you can keep the following in mind to limit your risk:
The cost of dental emergency care will be dependent upon what restorative treatments are necessary to repair your smile. During your emergency dentistry appointment, we’ll walk you through treatment options and pricing to help you budget for the cost of treating your dental emergency.
Emergencies often happen at the most inconvenient times, like at the start of the weekend. Regardless of when it is, give us a call us first - our voice messaging system will give you an emergency number to use.
Or, if you’re dealing with something that you think can wait until our office opens, you can just leave us a message. Our front office checks our messages first thing each day and will get back to you immediately.
When people call us, one of the first things they often say is, “I’m not sure if this is really an emergency or not.” Here are several indications that you need care right away:
Taking over-the-counter pain reliever as directed is perfectly fine, but remember that treatment is still necessary to take care of the underlying problem, even if the pain subsides. Some situations can become dangerous to your overall health if they go too long without being addressed. For example, a severe toothache is often the result of an infection that can spread to other areas of the body and, in severe cases, become fatal.
As an emergency dentist in Weatherford, we’ve made emergency care a priority and we’re always just a phone call away. But, since some dental emergencies require medical attention first, go to the nearest ER or urgent care center for any of the following:
After you’ve been stabilized, you can call us for any dental work that may be necessary.