Most of the time, you get to plan for your dental appointments ahead of time, but in the case of a painful toothache or traumatic dental injury, it’s best to seek out care as soon as possible. With Dr. Song and Bridlewood Dental, that’s nice and easy for people in Flower Mound. With 30 years of experience, Dr. Song is able to handle every situation with speed and ease, and he’s happy to schedule same-day appointments so patients can get the pain relief they need without delay thanks to emergency dentistry in Flower Mound, TX.
A dental emergency is any situation in which a person is experiencing severe oral pain and/or has extensively damaged one or more of their teeth. While there are many types of dental emergencies, the first thing you should do remains the same: call Bridlewood Dental. We’ll schedule you for an appointment right away and walk you through helpful first-aid tips. Before you can reach our dental office, here are a few ways you can reduce your discomfort and give us the best chance of saving a distressed tooth:
Start by thoroughly rinsing around the tooth to remove all food debris that might be stuck. Go ahead and take an OTC pain-reliever like ibuprofen, and a cold compress on the cheek can help as well. Do NOT put an aspirin directly on the gums, as this can actually cause additional damage and discomfort in the area.
Use a clean rag, towel, or napkin to apply slight pressure to the area, which should stop any bleeding. If it continues for more than 10 minutes, head straight to your local emergency room. Try to gather as many pieces of the tooth/teeth you can find and put them in a safe container. Cover the remaining tooth with sugarless gum to prevent further injury to the mouth.
Pick up the tooth while ONLY touching the crown (top part) and give it a gentle rinse. Do NOT wash, scrub, or dry the tooth. Place it back into its socket if you can, but if this isn’t possible, put it under the tongue. This will help preserve the tooth until we can see you. We have the best chance of replanting it within an hour or so of the accident, so be sure to come see us quickly!
Place the restoration back onto the tooth, but if it keeps falling out, a small dab of toothpaste should help keep it steady. This is only a temporary fix, and you should contact us to get a complete repair. If the restoration is completely lost, be careful to not chew with that part of your mouth, and frequently rinse with water to remove food debris.
A few simple habits will ensure you don’t have to make a sudden, unexpected trip to the dentist:
We can only determine the cost of treating your dental emergency once we see you in person, as there are many kinds of problems that come in varying severities. Our first priority will be to stop your pain, and then we can discuss ways to repair your smile. We’re happy to accept many PPO dental insurance plans and offer low-to-no interest financing so this type of care is easily affordable for every patient.
It’s never a good idea to ignore any kind of potential emergency even if you don’t experience any pain. Here are just a few possible consequences of ignoring specific oral health issues.
Emergency rooms are not equipped to treat damage to the teeth themselves, and they’re unlikely to have a dental specialist on hand. Thus, for most dental emergencies, you’ll stand a better chance of getting the care you need by visiting Dr. Song and the rest of our knowledgeable team. In the case of an infection, the doctors at the emergency room might write you a prescription, but that will rarely be enough to solve the problem and will likely be very costly. Generally speaking, you’ll save money and receive better treatment by visiting an emergency dental office first.
There are, however, situations where we recommend calling an emergency room, such as:
Not even the youngest children are safe from dental emergencies. Broken or infected baby teeth still need to be examined and treated; if we don’t, your child will continue to experience pain, and their adult teeth might not develop correctly in the future. Also, while baby teeth are meant to fall out naturally at some point, you should still get in touch with us if one is lost due to physical trauma of some kind. Depending on when the tooth was lost, we may need to take steps to ensure that there’s still plenty of space for the adult tooth when it’s eventually ready to erupt.
You’ll need to help your child protect their teeth until their appointment. Ask them to describe any pain they might be experiencing as well as other symptoms that might not be obvious with a visual examination (such as a persistent bad taste).
All potential dental problems need to be taken seriously, but it’s especially important to recognize the situations where a same-day appointment is required. For example, if you only have a small chip or crack in your tooth that doesn’t hurt, you can wait until regular dental office hours begin; on the other hand, large cracks and significant pain need to be addressed right away.
Some toothaches are simply the result of something caught between your teeth and can be resolved by flossing or rinsing. If that doesn’t help, monitor the pain closely; make an appointment with Dr. Song if the discomfort doesn’t go away after two days.
Here are other symptoms that point toward needing urgent care:
Even though a dental emergency could happen at any time, some activities carry a higher risk than others. By far the most common reason for damaged teeth in adults is playing sports of any kind. This isn’t limited to organized games; even if you’re just playing basketball with your kids in the backyard, a sudden accident could damage or knock out a tooth.
Dental damage can also be an unfortunate side effect of a car accident, especially if you end up hitting your mouth on the steering wheel. Of course, in this sort of situation, you should be checked for physical injuries at the emergency room before you start seeking dental care.
Poor oral hygiene might not have immediate consequences, but eventually plaque and tartar that was allowed to accumulate inside your mouth will eat through the enamel protecting your teeth, leading to a painful infection and potentially leading to tooth loss.
When the worst happens, it’s a good idea to have all the tools you need to address a dental emergency ready ahead of time. To build a dental emergency kit, make sure you include the following items:
Keep our phone number at hand so that you can call our dental office as soon as you can. Waiting too long to call for help can easily lead to devastating consequences for your mouth and your overall health; on the other hand, acting quickly will help you find relief and keep your smile intact. Make an appointment with us as soon as you can so that Dr. Song can find the underlying cause of your pain and relieve it.
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