Most of the time a dental emergency will happen when you are not even expecting it. Even simple, everyday activities like playing your favorite sport or eating an apple can end with a chipped, cracked, or completely knocked-out tooth. An emergency can have many different underlying causes – decay, infection, physical trauma – and our experts at Havasu Dentistry are here to help you no matter what the situation is. Call us as soon as you realize you need urgent dental care, and we will make arrangements to see you as soon as possible for emergency dentistry in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
When you’re experiencing a dental emergency, you have to realize that the issue most likely won’t heal on its own; in fact, it is likely to grow worse and may eventually require more complex forms of treatment. As soon as you suspect that you need dental care, get in touch with us and explain your situation. Once we have a grasp on what’s going on, we can give you advice for controlling the damage and limiting the pain. Below are some first aid tips you should always keep in mind.
The pain might be due to a food particle that got trapped between your teeth, so try flossing first. If the cause lies elsewhere, you can try and relieve the inflammation with ibuprofen or a similar kind of medication (except for aspirin, which could cause a burning sensation). If the toothache is linked to decay or infection, you might need a filling, a crown, or root canal therapy.
Gather the pieces of the tooth and bring them with you if possible. The tooth will be weakened, so don’t use it to bite or chew anything. You can sometimes wait until normal business hours to receive treatment if the tooth is simply minorly chipped and isn’t causing pain. Sometimes a broken tooth is accompanied by swelling; you can reduce it by applying a cold compress for 10 minutes at a time.
First, do not panic; the tooth can likely be replanted, but you’ll need to get to our dental office within the hour. Pick the tooth up by the end used for chewing and gently rinse it. (Be careful not to remove any tissue still attached to the root.) Put the tooth back in its socket where possible, or keep it in a container of milk. Bear in mind that if replanting the tooth isn’t possible, we can offer dental implants and other replacement options.
A crown can be temporarily reattached to the tooth with dental cement, denture adhesive, petroleum jelly, or sugar-free gum. If it’s not possible to put the restoration back in place, try applying clove oil to reduce sensitivity. More often than not, you’ll need an entirely new crown or filling to replace the old one.
Due to their unpredictable nature, it’s not always possible to avoid dental emergencies entirely, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to reduce the risk, such as:
It is hard to give a useful general estimate of what a dental emergency will cost. Every situation is unique, and we need to perform a thorough examination of your mouth to narrow down what kind of treatment you need; for example, some forms of tooth decay can be addressed with a simple cleaning and filling while others will require a more comprehensive approach to care. You can trust us to make conservative treatment recommendations that are truly necessary for restoring your oral health. Don’t forget to ask about our flexible financing options for making your care as affordable as possible.