Emergency Dentist – Beaumont, TX
Don’t Let Your Dental Problems
Run Your Life
When a dental emergency occurs, it’s usually when you least expect it. You might wake up with severe tooth pain one morning or you might be playing contact sports without the right protective gear, resulting in a chipped or even knocked-out tooth. Whether you’re suffering from decay-induced infection or you’ve suffered a traumatic injury, the last thing you should do is put off care. Call West End Dental Group right away if you’re experiencing a dental emergency!
Why Choose West End Dental Group for Emergency Dentistry?
- Walk-Ins Available in Most Cases
- Provides Nitrous Oxide Gas for Nervous Patients
- Caring Dentist Dedicated to Ending Discomfort
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When a dental emergency occurs, no matter how minor it is, you should always start by giving our office a call. Dr. Parker’s team will be able to provide you advice on how to improve your situation as well as get you scheduled for an emergency appointment. Until then, here’s what you can do to manage your symptoms.
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris from between your teeth first. Then, if discomfort continues, take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling that’s present, applying and removing it from your face in 10-minute intervals. Get to our office for a closer examination as soon as possible.
Collect any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our office. Do not chew food for the time being and cover the tooth with dental wax if it appears sharp or jagged. This will help prevent you from accidentally cutting your inner cheek. We may need to use a dental crown to cover the tooth or extract it outright if the damage is too severe.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion only. Do not touch the root nor remove any tissue still attached. Gently rinse any and all dirt or debris from the tooth, then rinse your mouth out with warm water. Place the tooth directly into the open socket to keep it preserved, or place it in a container of milk, saltwater or saliva. Get to our office within one hour to get the tooth reimplanted.
If you still have the restoration, you can re-adhere it to the damaged tooth using dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum if nothing else is available. In most cases, we will need to replace the restoration outright. If you do not have the restoration, avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth until you get to our office.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies can be difficult to deal with, but you can avoid the majority of them by taking a few precautions. On top of practicing daily brushing and flossing as well as routine exams and cleanings at our office, you should never, under any circumstances, use your teeth as a tool to open packages or bottles. Teeth are not strong enough to cut through inedible materials. You should also wear a protective mouthguard while playing contact sports or if you suffer from chronic teeth grinding and clenching.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Every dental emergency comes with its own unique costs because your case is likely to differ from another patient’s. With that said, minor emergencies are generally going to cost less to treat than more severe cases. For example, treating an oral infection with antibiotics would be cheaper than cleaning a full-blown root canal of all infected tissue. Regardless of what your emergency costs, putting off care will only make your issue worse and likely result in higher costs overall. Dr. Parker will do everything she can to create a treatment plan that’s affordable for you.