At Advanced Dentistry of Alhambra, we’re happy to accept emergency patients and can schedule same-day appointments so people can get the relief they need without delay.
Firstly, the best thing you can do is call our office right away. By seeking out professional help as quickly as possible, you’ll allow our team to schedule an appointment immediately so we can minimize the pain and fix any damage before the situation becomes worse. Secondly, there are a few things you can do on your own as well to improve the chances of saving a tooth. A few simple tips include:
Thoroughly clean around the tooth by flossing and rinsing to dislodge any debris that might be stuck and causing the pain. If the problem persists, it may be due to an infection or crack in the enamel, in which case you should take some ibuprofen and apply a cold compress.
Try to gather as many pieces of the tooth you can find and put them in a safe container. A cold compress can help reduce any pain or swelling, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth in case it has a jagged edge. You can use dental wax or sugarless gum to do this, both of which can be found at your local pharmacy.
It’s possible to replant a fully dislodged tooth, but only within a few hours of the accident, so you need to move fast! Find the tooth, rinse it off while NOT touching the root, and be sure to keep it wet until we can see you. To do this, you can place it back into its socket, hold it between the cheek and gums, or put it in a container with milk or saltwater.
While this type of problem might not cause any pain initially, it’s still wise to have a broken restoration repaired relatively quickly to ensure the tooth doesn’t develop any decay or damage. Try to put the restoration back into place until we can fix it—a little dab of toothpaste should help it remain steady.
By far, the best thing you can do to prevent most dental emergencies is simply practice consistent oral hygiene at home and get regular checkups. In the majority of cases, dental emergencies are the result of a relatively minor problem going untreated for a very long time, and these practices will stop that from happening. Other things you can do include wearing a mouthguard whenever you play sports and not munching on hard items like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, or fingernails.
Every single dental emergency is different from individual to individual, so our treatment recommendations are always different as well. Because of this, urgent dental care can vary widely in cost, but generally, addressing a problem quickly is better than waiting and allowing it to become worse. To help make this kind of service more affordable, we accept most dental insurances and even have our own Membership Plan.