Emergency Dentist – Claremore, OK
Providing Fast, Effect Emergency Dental Care
Maybe you’ve experienced a sudden, startling injury to one or more teeth, or pain has been building in the mouth for so long that it’s become unbearable. Whatever your dental emergency is, Dr. Ali Torabi and the rest of the Flawless Smile Dentistry team are here for you and your loved ones. Don’t hesitate to contact our Claremore, OK practice right away to schedule an emergency appointment – we will make every effort to see your case as soon as possible and provide much-needed relief. If you’re experiencing severe oral bleeding or a potentially broken jaw, please go straight to an emergency room in your area for immediate assistance. Our team at Flawless Smile Dentistry can assist you with any needed restorative and/or cosmetic treatment once you have recovered from your initial injury.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When you call our dental office for emergency dentistry services, we’ll help you to assess your situation and determine how quickly you need to come in and see us. Then, one of our knowledgeable team members will walk you through first aid and pain management steps to care for your smile until you reach our practice. Below, we’ve gone through at-home care steps for some of the most common dental emergencies.
If you have a severe toothache or dental sensitivity, don’t ignore it! Many people assume these warning signs will clear up on their own, but they won’t. Actually, if you have a severe toothache that “clears up” on its own, you may have an even more serious oral health concern. When decay or damage reaches the inner layers of the tooth where the nerve is housed, the result is usually severe toothache. Left untreated, this minor inconvenience can lead to deadening of the nerve tissue and the loss of the tooth. Before a toothache or sensitivity to heat and cold become more serious concerns, let our team members help. We can perform safe, comfortable root canal therapy to save your tooth and renew oral health.
Until you reach our dental office, you can take over the counter pain relievers as directed to manage pain. Many patients also experience relief using topical pain relievers and numbing gels. You should also avoid consuming very hot or cold foods and drinks. You should avoid chewing with the damaged tooth.
Chipped or broken teeth can often be repaired, so take care to protect remaining tooth structure until you reach our office. Use orthodontic wax to cover any sharp areas that may damage surrounding teeth or soft tissue. You should also find any large parts of the tooth that break away and bring them with you to your appointment.
If you’ve lost a tooth, we may be able to replace it, so take special care to retrieve the knocked out tooth and bring it with you to our dental office. If at all possible, replace the tooth in the socket. If you can’t replace the tooth, place it in a container with whole milk or water. To stop bleeding, place gentle pressure by biting down on gauze or clean cloth. You can also use an ice pack or cold compress.
Like a lost tooth, it’s always best to replace a knocked out restoration on top of the damaged tooth. If this isn’t possible, you can retrieve your lost filling, crown, or other restoration and bring it with you to the dental office. Like you would with a broken tooth, you should protect surrounding teeth and soft tissue using orthodontic wax to cover any sharp tooth parts when necessary.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
In many cases, you can’t avoid dental emergencies. However, there are some steps you can take and habits you can change to limit your risk, including:
- Brush teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily
- Visit our dental office twice a year for dental exams and teeth cleanings
- Use mouthguards as directed to protect teeth during sports and from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching
- Don’t use teeth to open packages or crack nuts
- Don’t chew on ice, fingernails, pen caps, and other hard objects
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
It’s always best to stay up to date with preventive dentistry appointments to limit your risk for an emergency. These visits also receive the most coverage from dental insurance providers, so your out of pocket costs will be minimal. The emergency dental office appointment itself will typically be about the same price as a regular visit, but the advanced restorative dentistry services needed to renew your smile can be pricey. Our team will always take the time to explain your treatment options and the costs associated with each restoration plan. We’ll also maximize any available dental insurance coverage to make your treatment plan more affordable.