Emergency Dentist - Keller, 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 Keller 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, we always encourage our patients to call us 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.
Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Keller
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.