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
When it comes to dental emergencies, prevention is key. You can’t always predict when an emergency is going to strike, but there are certain precautions you can take to minimize their chances of occurring and throwing a wrench into your plans. Here are some simple tips for preventing dental emergencies:
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
While many dental emergencies occur due to sudden accidents, they often develop because of unchecked decay, infection, or other damage that worsens over time. Brushing and flossing every day can go a long way toward preventing plaque buildup that causes these problems. For a bit of added protection, try adding rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash to your daily oral hygiene routine.
Commit to Routine Dental Checkups & Cleanings
At-home oral hygiene is crucial, but you’re inevitably going to miss a few spots in your mouth. That’s where regular dental checkups and cleanings come in. These six-month appointments give Dr. White an opportunity to closely examine your smile and detect any early signs of dental problems before they spiral into full-fledged emergencies. Plus, you can get your teeth professionally cleaned, which removes plaque that causes painful infections and decay in the first place.
Be Careful When Eating Hard or Crunchy Foods
Whether you’re enjoying a nutritious apple or sucking on a delicious lollipop, accidentally cracking or chipping a tooth can be all too easy. This is especially true if your teeth have already been weakened from long-term decay or enamel erosion. If you indulge in these types of foods, take smaller bites or cut food into little pieces to reduce the risk of painful tooth damage.
Wear a Mouthguard When Needed
Sports injuries are one of the most common causes of knocked-out teeth. If you play football, basketball, or any other sport that comes with a high risk of impact to the face, wearing a protective mouthguard is an absolute must. Although you can find cheap mouthguards at many sporting goods stores or pharmacies, investing in a custom-made mouthguard from our office will provide you with the most protection as well as a more comfortable fit.
Similarly, you should protect your teeth from damage if you grind your teeth while sleeping. Dr. White can make you a personalized nightguard that creates cushioning between your upper and lower teeth, preventing the wear and tear that comes with constant clenching and grinding.
Break Bad Habits
Believe it or not, many habits you wouldn’t think twice about may cause you to need an emergency dentist in Evansville. For instance, chewing on your fingernails, pens, and ice cubes could easily crack a tooth. Keeping your nails trimmed (or wearing a clear, gross-tasting nail polish) can help you kick this habit. Chewing sugar-free gum instead of inedible hard objects like ice cubes or pen tips can also help.
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.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
It’s impossible to completely prevent dental emergencies from happening, which is why the next best thing you can do is be prepared for anything that comes your way. At Maple Grove Family Dental, if you have any additional questions or concerns about your situation, we’ve got you covered, just be sure to call our office. For your convenience, we’ve compiled some common questions we receive from patients below.
Should I visit my local emergency room or my dentist?
Serious problems that require immediate medical attention should always be addressed at your local emergency room first. There are a handful of situations that your emergency dentist simply isn’t equipped to treat at their office. Once you have received the urgent medical treatment you need, our team will be more than happy to take care of any of your dental needs.
If you experience facial trauma that causes swelling that won’t go down with a cold compress, lacerations, or a broken or fractured jaw, always visit your ER first. Additionally, if you’re exhibiting signs of a serious tooth infection and our office isn’t open, visit your urgent care medical center.
How do I know if my problem is an emergency?
Not every issue may be considered a dental emergency, which is why it’s helpful to know what symptoms need to be addressed immediately, and which ones can wait to be treated. Since oral discomfort can occasionally come and go, how do you know if you need urgent care? Here are some signs that you should contact our office:
- Severe oral pain.
- Bleeding that won’t stop.
- Broken or damaged teeth.
- Loose permanent teeth.
- Oral sores that won’t seem to heal.
- Loose or broken crowns or fillings.
- Swelling that won’t go down with a cold compress.
- Knocked-out teeth.
If you’re in pain, we’ll work efficiently and effectively to ease your discomfort and preserve your natural smile at Maple Grove Family Dental, just be sure to visit us sooner rather than later.
Do I need a root canal?
Patients are often terrified to hear the words “root canal” come out of their emergency dentist’s mouth. However, this is an incredibly common treatment for patients who are experiencing intense toothaches caused by infection. Not only does this treatment keep you from losing your natural pearly white, but it also prevents the infection from spreading to your other teeth and improves your oral health. Plus, at Maple Grove Family Dental, we use the latest technology to make the procedure as quick and painless as possible.
Can a toothache go away on its own?
As much as everyone would like to believe that oral health problems disappear on their own, that’s often not the case. In fact, the longer you leave a problem untreated, the worse it usually gets. The best way to find out what’s causing your toothache is to rinse your mouth and gently floss between your teeth. If your pain persists, be sure to call our office, because your discomfort could be a result of a tooth infection.