Emergency Dentist - Fort Worth, TX
What to Do During a Dental Emergency!
When a dental emergency happens, you can bet it will be inconvenient and sometimes even scary! If you contact Distinguished Dental immediately to speak with a member of our team, we can help make your situation less stressful. Your emergency dentist in Fort Worth is committed to providing same-day urgent care for dental emergencies, so you can return to good oral health and well-being as quickly as possible.
Common Dental Emergencies We Can Help With
Even if you’re unsure that you’re experiencing a true dental emergency, our trusted emergency dentist always encourages patients to call right away because without prompt treatment, many oral health issues can become dramatically worse. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include:
- Broken tooth or dental restoration
- Knocked out tooth
- Cracked, broken, or bent partial or full dentures
- Severe toothache or lingering dental sensitivity
- Soft tissue laceration
Certain emergencies may require a visit to your local emergency room instead. For instance, if you think you might have broken your jaw, you need more advanced care than we can offer. Our team works with local emergency rooms regularly, and we’ll be happy to coordinate your oral and overall health care to restore your smile as quickly as possible.
Other problems may not qualify as urgent emergencies but should still be handled in a timely manner. Our team will be happy to talk with you, especially if you have questions about whether or not your problem is urgent. If you need same-day care, we’re here for you, and if your health concern can wait, we’ll walk you through how to care for your smile over the phone to ensure no further damage occurs.
Handling Common Dental Emergencies
When you are experiencing a dental emergency, we will be happy to walk you through first aid you can perform at-home to prevent additional damage until you reach our office. Some of the basics you should remember for common emergencies include:
- Knocked out tooth or restoration – Retrieve the knocked out tooth or restoration. Handle by the biting surface of the tooth and clean off the knocked out tooth with cool water. Do not scrub or brush the tooth or restoration unless expressly directed to do so. Rinse out the mouth with cool water. Replace the tooth or restoration in the vacated socket whenever possible. If you’re unable to replace the tooth, you can also hold it between your cheek and gums or store it in a container with water or milk.
- Broken tooth or restoration – You can follow most of the same instructions for broken teeth that you do for knocked out teeth. Handle the broken parts of teeth by the biting surfaces and not the root and clean them and your mouth with cool water. Then, store the broken tooth pieces in a container of water or milk, until you reach our office.
- Broken or bent denture – Do not continue to wear your denture if it’s broken, as this could damage your soft tissue. Instead, store the denture in a container of water or denture cleaner and call our team right way. If you experienced any soft tissue damage, you can apply pressure to the site or use ice packs to stop bleeding and prevent swelling.
- Toothache or dental sensitivity – A severe toothache or dental sensitivity can be indicative of a number of oral health concerns. Avoid chewing with the part of your mouth with the damage tooth. Take over the counter pain relievers as directed to reduce pain, but do not apply aspirin directly to the tooth.
- Soft tissue laceration – Clean out your mouth with cool water and use gauze or a clean cloth to apply pressure to stop any bleeding. You can also use ice or cold compresses to slow bleeding or reduce swelling.
- Foreign item stuck in teeth – Use floss to attempt to dislodge the stuck item. You can also brush your teeth or swish water around the tooth. If you’re unable to dislodge the stuck item, do not use sharp objects that may damage soft tissue.
Frequently Asked Questions – Emergency Dentistry
The moment a dental emergency occurs, your mind floods with a million questions. Where should I go for help? Can I make a same-day appointment? What could I have done to prevent this? Our team at Distinguished Dental understands how anxiety-inducing it can be, which is why we have listed a few frequently asked questions below. However, if you need immediate assistance, contact our office right away.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Emergency Visits?
Since each policy is unique, it is best to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage pertaining to dental injuries. However, most plans will cover at least the exam and X-rays. From there, any necessary treatment may be eligible for coverage depending on the fine print on your policy, whether you’ve met your annual maximum, etc.
Do I Need an Extraction?
For Dr. McIntosh, our emergency dentist, saving your natural tooth is a top priority. So, just because you need urgent treatment, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have an extraction! That being said, if the decay is severe and can no longer be treated with a filling or root canal therapy, then she may recommend removing the tooth to restore your oral health and pain-free smile. Either way, she will discuss each of your options extensively so you can confidently make the decision that is best for you.
How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
From enamel erosion to decay, prevention is crucial when it comes to dentistry. Fortunately, you can prevent your teeth from injury by following the below best practices:
- Brush and floss your teeth twice a day
- Wear a mouthguard when you participate in sports-related activities
- Practice precaution when eating hard foods, like popcorn
- Limit sugary foods and beverages, like soda and candy
- Visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning
What Happens If My Toothache Goes Away?
When a once problematic tooth goes radio silent, your first reaction may be to turn on your happy music. But, before you do so, it is important to remember that decay and cavities cannot heal by themselves. On the contrary, a newly asymptomatic tooth often means the problem has gotten much worse. Therefore, make sure to contact our office right away if your toothache suddenly subsides.
Can I Be Seen the Same Day?
Dr. McIntosh and our team work extremely hard to help hurting smiles get fast, effective treatment. If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, give us a call right away so we can do our best to get you in.
What Should I Take for Pain Relief?
For long-term pain relief, you should visit our office so Dr. McIntosh can treat the root of the issue. However, if you have a few hours or days until your appointment, you can take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen. You can also swish with warm saltwater or apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to alleviate swelling, prevent infection, and numb the area.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies are non-life-threatening injuries that require immediate treatment from a dentist to stop bleeding, alleviate pain, or save your tooth (like a knocked-out, cracked, or painful tooth). If you are ever unsure, don’t hesitate to give our knowledgeable team a call. From there, we can help you determine whether you need to come in for an urgent visit or if you can schedule one at your earliest convenience.
Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Fort Worth
Even if you’ve never visited our office before, we are happy to help you during a dental emergency. You can call our office at any time, even if it’s outside of our regular hours, and you will receive directions for how to reach an on call representative. We’ll do our best to fit you in for an appointment right away and we look forward to helping you relieve pain and renew oral health as soon as possible.