Emergencies don’t just affect our bodies; they can also affect our mouth and teeth. Any type of emergency scenario can be extremely worrying, but fortunately, there are professionals on hand to help. Here at Picasso Smiles Dental, we are equipped with everything needed to deal with any dental emergency that affects you or your family.
The goal of emergency dental treatment is principally to stop or at least effectively manage your pain and prevent any other severe consequences as a result of your problem. This usually involves strong pain relief being prescribed, and/or a temporary repair to your tooth. In some cases, antibiotics may also need to be prescribed. Once temporary relief has been achieved, your emergency appointment can be followed up with a pre-booked variety during usual office hours where further treatment can be discussed and carried out if necessary.
Deciding whether or not an issue requires emergency attention is often a challenge for many people. They know that they are suffering in some way, but equally, they don’t necessarily want to arrive at an emergency dental appointment and then be turned away. We offer a telephone triage service which means that our expert team can assess your issue before you leave home. We can also offer you immediate advice that can help you manage your pain or condition until you are seen. This could range from applying an ice pack to your mouth to reduce swelling and inflammation, to staunching the flow of blood from a knocked-out tooth. We can also tell you how to preserve a tooth that you may have lost through trauma to the mouth.
There are many different types of dental emergencies. Nevertheless, there are some that are more common than others. Here are some of the dental emergencies that we most frequently deal with at our El Paso cosmetic and implant center.
Toothache is a miserable experience for anyone. In most instances, it can be controlled using over-the-counter medications and hot/cold packs until treatment is sought. However, if your dental pain is so severe that drugs and other therapies aren’t helping, you can’t eat or drink, and you aren’t able to sleep, you need professional help. We can offer patients the benefit of stronger pain relief to get their discomfort under control, meaning that you don’t need to suffer unnecessarily. Once you are in less pain, we can find what is causing it and decide what treatment is needed to rectify the situation. This could be something as simple as replacing a missing filling, or a more invasive treatment such as root canal.
These are some of the most common issues that we see as dental emergencies, although they are not always classed as urgent. Whether or not they are seen as an emergency case usually depends on how much pain you are in. We can usually repair fillings at your urgent appointment, and crowns may be able to be repaired or replaced with a temporary restoration until a new bespoke version is created.
Despite being very strong, our teeth aren’t immune to being broken, particularly if we suffer an injury to the face or use our teeth in a manner for which they aren’t intended (think opening bottles or other tool-type uses). If your tooth is badly cracked and broken, or part of the tooth has come away, you will certainly need emergency treatment. If you can, save any broken fragments as we will try and replace them if we can. Exactly what treatment you need will depend on the extent of the damage but could involve a crown or an extraction.
Knocked-out teeth are surprisingly common, and they can occur in a variety of scenarios, from trips and falls to car accidents or sports injuries. Panicking is a very normal reaction, particularly since the bleeding can look more extensive than it really is thanks to the blood mixing with your saliva. In some instances, if the missing tooth can be found and is handled carefully, it is possible to pop it back into the socket. However, if your tooth can’t be saved, we will make sure that all fragments are removed, and the wound is clean. We can then arrange an appointment to discuss what tooth replacement options are available to you, such as a bridge or dental implant.
Dental emergencies may be frightening, but our reassuring and experienced urgent care team are here to help. Please contact our dentistry center in El Paso, TX today to schedule an appointment.