Dental emergencies can happen anywhere and anytime. It is important, however, to be prepared and stay collected. A good idea might be to carry with you a small dental first aid kit. Inside it you can put a pain killer (like acetaminophen, aspiring and ibuprofen can cause excessive bleeding), a handkerchief, a gauze, a small container and your dentist’ emergency phone number.
Please reach out to us if you would like to receive more information or still have lingering questions. We want to help you, while also keeping you informed and at ease.
What are dental emergencies?
There are many reasons to needing an emergency dental visit. In general, any oral issues you are experiencing that take away from your everyday activities, may be considered an emergency. It is time to schedule an appointment as soon as possible, if:
- Your teeth or dental restorations cracked, chipped, broke or got knocked out
- You have a broken filling or a damaged crown
- Your gums are painful and swollen
- Your teeth or jaw are sore
- You are experiencing oral bleeding
- Your teeth suddenly become sensitive
- Your dentures or orthodontics are bent, broken or otherwise damaged
- You are experiencing a dental infection.
Even if your symptom was not listed, you may still be experiencing a dental emergency. If that is the case, it is crucial to contact your dentist as soon as possible to avoid worsening the condition. When you call our dental office, we will do everything we can to see you right away. Our friendly and reliable team will offer you treatment options and long-term solutions, and help you alleviate your pain quickly. We are here to serve you 24/7.
What treatment options will I be offered during an emergency dental visit?
The kinds of treatment options you will be offered will depend on the problem you are experiencing and the cause of your dental emergency. Our treatment plans are always designed to match your specific needs. If you are suffering from a damaged (cracked, chipped, broken) tooth, a dentist may offer a filling or a crown. If, however, you are struggling with a dental infection, swelling, pain and/or fever, antibiotics may be prescribed.
What happens during an emergency dental visit?
Although every visit is different, there are certain things you can expect during an emergency dental visit:
- Your dentist will perform an oral exam and re-evaluate your dental health. They may use various pieces of equipment to do that. They may also order some X-rays.
- You will receive recommendations on how to relieve your pain quickly.
- Your dentist will share with you a treatment plan designed with your needs in mind.
Our top priority is your comfort, well-being, and oral health. We will work hard for you and your smile. To learn about more options, contact us today.
My tooth hurts. What can I do before my visit?
If you are suffering from a severe toothache, it is important to schedule an emergency dental visit as soon as possible. Before you see the dentist, though, you may consider some short-term relief solutions, such as rinsing your mouth with warm salted water or hydrogen peroxide. If your cheek if painful and/or swollen, consider applying an ice pack to it. You can also take some OTC pain medications. Another good idea is to gently floss around the painful tooth to remove any lodged pieces of food.
Frequently Asked Questions about Emergency Dentistry in Columbus, IN
How should I respond in a dental emergency?
First of all, try to remain calm and call your dentist immediately. Then, follow these steps:
- If your tooth is broken: Collect and save any broken pieces of your tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove all impurities. Apply an ice pack to the cheek to ease any swelling.
- If your tooth has been knocked-out: Find the tooth, if possible, and gently rinse it with water (no scrubbing). Try to hold the tooth by the crown and not the root. Do not remove any soft tissue. If you can, try putting the tooth back into the socket (hold it delicately while biting down). If you cannot, put it in a small container or in milk. It is crucial to save and try to re-implant the tooth as soon as possible.
Whatever your dental emergency may be, we are here to help.
How much do emergency dental services cost?
The cost of emergency dental visits will depend mostly on the required treatment. Before making any recommendations, our dentists will perform an oral exam and review all the options with you. Our supportive staff will also provide you with the details, such as prices for each service before it is completed. If you have any questions, we will gladly answer them.
What can I do to avoid dental emergencies?
Even though some dental emergencies cannot be prevented or avoided, others are. Having a good oral hygiene can greatly lower your risk of ever having a dental emergency. Here is a list of things you can do to take care of your oral health:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes
- Floss at least once daily
- Use mouthwash at least once a day
- Whenever needed, use a mouthguard
- Schedule and keep your dental cleaning appointments and check- ups
- Keep a balanced diet and avoid sugary drinks and treats
- Drink a lot of water
- Replace your toothbrush on a regular basis.