Emergency Dentist – Dublin, OH
Responsive and Effective Treatment for Your Dental Pain
With over 15 years of experience providing compassionate and comprehensive care, Dr. Eric Buck has treated his fair share of dental emergencies. So when you visit us at Distinctive Smiles, you’ll be in capable hands. Because we know that dealing with dental trauma can be unsettling, we provide care in a relaxed and comfortable environment, while using the latest dental technology to help you recover. If you’re suffering from a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Typically, dental emergencies fall into two categories: long-term infections caused by dental neglect and sudden physical accidents or injuries. No matter what type of trauma you have, your first step should be to take a deep breath and carefully assess the situation. Then, reach out to our office to explain what has happened.
If you have a toothache, the first step is to make sure that no food is lodged between your teeth. You can do this by carefully flossing around the pain site. You can also take ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) to soothe the pain and apply ice in 15-minute increments to reduce any swelling.
A sudden chip or break can send pain shooting through your tooth. To quiet the discomfort, you can take ibuprofen. Until you can visit us, we also suggest you avoid any activity around the injured tooth. In most cases, your saliva will produce enzymes that will help to numb the pain, but it’s still important that you contact our office immediately to schedule a visit to prevent the problem from getting worse.
For a knocked-out tooth, grab it by the crown, carefully rinse it off and attempt to reinsert it. If you’re unsuccessful, just place the tooth in a cup of cool water or milk to keep the roots alive until your emergency dentist in Dublin can reinsert it.
When a filling or crown restoration is lost, your tooth is left vulnerable to debris and bacteria infiltrating it. In the event this happens, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office to explain what has happened and to schedule a visit. Meanwhile, if the fixture is still in-tact, you can attempt to temporarily restore it using dental wax or a small dollop of toothpaste.
By knowing how to effectively respond to a dental emergency, you can lessen any suffering and aid in the recovery process. What’s most important in these situations is that you remain calm and immediately contact us so that Dr. Buck can see you as soon as possible.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Ultimately, the best way to treat a dental emergency is to prevent it from happening. To better protect yourself, we suggest you follow a few simple protocols:
- To brush and floss at least two times a day
- To wear a custom mouthguard if you’re involved in any sporting events
- To avoid using your teeth to open packages, bite fingernails or chew ice
- To seek treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding)
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because dental trauma can vary in nature, there’s no way to provide a concrete cost for receiving care. The treatment protocol can range from a simple prescription, to an extraction or root canal. The best way for us to provide you with an accurate cost estimate is to visit our office for a careful examination. No matter what your situation is, Dr. Buck and our talented staff have the expertise and skills to help guide you back to normal oral health.