Emergency Dentistry – Conyers, GA
Providing Families in Conyers with Fast Dental Care
Dental emergencies always seem to happen at the most unexpected and stressful moments. If you’re not prepared, which most people aren’t, it can be hard to think clearly and make the best decisions for your oral health. If you find yourself in the midst of one of these situations, we recommend calling our office as soon as possible, so we can schedule an appointment for you and make sure you get the fast, pain-relieving care you require.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
While reaching out to our practice should always be your first priority, here are some helpful tips on how to handle your situation in the immediate aftermath of common dental emergencies to reduce your risk of sustaining additional damage and ease your discomfort.
Tooth pain may be caused by a piece of food stuck in the mouth. In order to rule out this possibility, start by flossing and rinsing your mouth. If this doesn’t help, it’s time to call our emergency dentist in Conyers, Dr. Amin. In the meantime, you can use regular painkillers to improve your comfort – however, don’t place them directly on the gum tissue, as this can damage it.
If any big parts of the tooth have come loose, gather them up and bring them with you to our practice. You’re likely to experience some facial swelling, but a cold compress held against the cheek can minimize this. If the damage has created a sharp edge, you can also place a piece of orthodontic wax over the area to keep it from irritating or damaging the inside of your cheek or lip.
If you can find the tooth, rinse the crown portion carefully (while leaving the natural tissues and root as intact as possible.) Be sure to only touch the tooth by the crown, not the roots. Then, try to place it back in its original socket and hold it in place. If this can’t be done for whatever reason, good alternatives are holding the tooth in the pocket of your cheek or putting it in a container of milk. Get in touch with your dentist in Conyers right away, as teeth can only be successfully reimplanted for a short window of time.
If you’re able to locate your missing filling or crown, you can temporarily reattach it to your damaged tooth using a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. Just be sure to thoroughly clean the restoration before placing it on your tooth. It’s important to have the crown or filling professionally replaced or repaired in order to keep an infection from developing.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Even though you can’t completely avoid a dental emergency, there are a few ways you can drastically reduce your risk of experiencing one, including:
- Maintain a good at-home oral hygiene routine.
- Visit Dr. Amin every six months for your checkups and cleanings.
- Break bad oral habits like tobacco use and nail-biting.
- Protect your teeth at night if you grind them.
- Never use your teeth to open a bottle, package, or pull a price tag off of clothing.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your emergency dental treatment will depend on what procedure you require to restore your oral health. If the damage is minor, like a cavity that’s causing sensitivity, it will likely result in a less expensive treatment, like a cavity filling. If you have a tooth infection, you may require a more invasive and costly procedure, like root canal therapy. Before we move forward with any treatment, we’ll discuss our findings with you, including our diagnosis of your issue and all of your treatment options. If you have any questions, never hesitate to ask!