Emergency Dentist – Evansville, WI
Expert Dentistry When You Need It Now
Dental emergencies can be terrifying, especially if they’re happening to your child or another loved one. In these situations, it’s a relief when you have a dental team on your side to provide assistance and support.
Most dental emergencies occur as a result of a long-term issue (i.e. tooth decay, oral infection) or short-term trauma (i.e. bad fall, sports injury.) Dr. Melanie White will do everything she can to see you on the same day as your initial emergency call, and if you’re unable to reach our location for whatever reason, our team members can give guidance over the phone for how to improve symptoms and stabilize your condition. Don’t wait – contact us today if you’re in need of help!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Our office can provide assistance with most common dental emergencies. While you should always call the practice first so that you can schedule an emergency appointment, there are steps you can take to stabilize your condition before you arrive. The treatment you may need could vary from a simple antibiotic to a full-blown root canal and crown placement, but you won’t know for sure until you pay a visit to our office. In the meantime, here’s what you should do next in the following situations.
Use floss to remove any food debris from in between your teeth. If discomfort continues, take an over-the-counter painkiller. Choose ibuprofen and avoid aspirin as it can lead to a burning sensation if it comes into contact with your tooth.
Collect any pieces of teeth that you can find and bring them to our office. If swelling is present, take a cold compress and apply it directly to your cheek, keeping it there for about 10 minutes at a time. Then, remove the cold compress for 10 minutes to avoid damaging your skin.
Locate the tooth as quickly as possible while staying calm. Once found, pick it up by the crown portion. Do not remove any tissue still attached to the root and do not touch the root. Gently rinse off any debris that you see, rinse your mouth out with warm water, than attempt to place the tooth back into your socket. If not possible, keep the tooth inside your cheek or in a container of milk, saltwater or saliva to keep it preserved. Get to our office within the next hour to improve your chances of reimplantation.
Locate the restoration, rinse your mouth out with warm water, then use either dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum to temporarily reseat the crown. This is not a permanent solution and will need to be seen by our office.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
The best way to prevent dental emergencies is with simple brushing, flossing and routine visits to our practice for exams and cleanings. Not only can you prevent the development of gum disease and tooth decay, but it gives our office a chance to confirm issues before they turn into dental emergencies. Additionally, you should always wear a mouthguard when you play contact sports or a nightguard if you grind your teeth while asleep.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Determining the cost of your dental emergency largely depends on the severity of the emergency itself. For example, a simple toothache could just be caused by tooth decay and require only a cleaning and a dental filling. However, it could also be due to an oral infection that requires more extensive treatment like a root canal and crown placement. Regardless of the cause, the last thing you should do is put off treatment and allow your condition to worsen. We’ll work with you to develop a financing plan if you need to in order to keep your oral health in good shape.