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Emergency Dentistry – Hoover, AL

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When a dental emergency appears, the last thing you should do is put off seeing a dentist. After a dental emergency occurs, whether it’s a bad toothache caused by an oral infection or a broken or knocked-out tooth caused by physical injury, we can get you out of discomfort. Without treatment, your tooth will only worsen in condition, so don’t hesitate to give Dr. Moulton a call and schedule a same-day appointment for emergency dentistry in Hoover, AL! We’ll do everything we can to save your tooth and protect your oral health.

Why Choose Moulton Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Special Offers Available on Emergency Visits
  • Sedation Options Provided for Anxious Patients
  • Same-Day Scheduling Offered for Most Conditions

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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When a dental emergency occurs, the first thing you should do is stay calm and give our dental office a call. This gives you the opportunity to schedule an appointment with our dental office (ideally for the same day) and get helpful advice from our team. Prior to your arrival, there are ways you can improve your overall condition and ensure the best outcome for your issue. Below, you’ll get a chance to learn exactly what steps to take next following a specific emergency.

Toothaches

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Use floss to remove potential food debris from in between your teeth. If pain continues, take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen. Avoid aspirin as this can cause a burning sensation to your oral tissue. Do not chew on that side of your mouth. Take a break from eating or drinking any hot or cold beverages or foods. This will reduce the risk of sensitivity. During your visit, we can confirm the exact cause of your toothache and then go from there.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

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Collect any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our dental office. Apply a cold compress to your cheek for about 10 minutes, then remove the compress for an additional 10 minutes. Repeat this process for up to an hour. If the damage is minor, a dental crown will likely restore the tooth. However, severe cracks that extend below the gum line may require an extraction.

Knocked-Out Tooth

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After locating the tooth, pick it up by the crown portion and avoid touching the roots. As you’re rinsing any debris off of the tooth, do not remove any tissue still attached. Once you’ve rinsed out your mouth with lukewarm water, attempt to place the tooth back into your socket. If not possible, keep it submerged in milk, saltwater, saline solution or saliva. The sooner you get to our dental office for treatment, the better your chances are of reimplanting the tooth.

Lost Filling/Crown

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If you still have the restoration, you can reseat it to your tooth by applying dental cement, denture adhesive, petroleum jelly or sugar-free gum if you’re in a pinch. This is only a temporary solution and will require professional treatment to resolve. If you do not have the restoration, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth or consuming foods or beverages that are severely hot or cold.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Most dental emergencies can be avoided when you practice daily oral care and make routine visits to our dental office for cleanings and checkups. These steps alone can make a big difference in avoiding the majority of dental conditions, including tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infections. Of course, if you participate in contact sports, it’s crucial that you have a custom-made sportsguard for optimal protection. Furthermore, you should never use your teeth to open packages, bottles or perform any task that is better suited for a tool.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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When treating dental emergencies, it’s important to note that the more serious your emergency is, the more complex treatment may be to resolve it. For example, tooth pain could be a sign of decay, which only requires a thorough cleaning and possibly dental filling or crown placement. However, if the pain is caused by oral infection, root canal therapy will be needed, which costs more to complete. Either way, the last thing you should do is put off treatment, allowing it to get worse and increase your total costs. Plus, with our $39 limited emergency exam and X-ray special, you can confirm what’s happening inside your mouth without breaking the bank!

Dental Emergency FAQs

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When a dental emergency occurs, a thousand questions come to mind. When should you go to the dentist’s office vs. the ER? How can you treat symptoms until your appointment? At Moulton Dentistry, we do our best to take the stress out of sudden dental injuries by offering same-day appointments and a comprehensive array of services at one convenient location. If you are worried about what to do in an emergency situation, we’ve listed a few frequently asked questions below.

What Should I Do If My Jaw Is Fractured?

From a knocked-out tooth to a fractured jaw, there are a multitude of injuries that can occur at a moment’s notice. However, potentially life-threatening issues, like a fractured jaw, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or a deep facial cut necessitate a visit to your nearest emergency room. Once you have received medical attention, you can contact our office to schedule a same-day appointment with our emergency dentist in Hoover. From there, Dr. Moulton will rebuild your smile and prevent your teeth and gums from sustaining additional damage.

How Can I Bring Down Facial Swelling?

If you begin to notice swelling around your cheeks or jaw due to dental trauma, you can apply a cold compress or covered ice pack to the affected area for 10 minutes at a time. Not only will this reduce the puffiness, but it will also numb the area slightly to relieve your discomfort. However, if the soreness persists, you can take an over-the-counter medication, like Ibuprofen, to help manage the pain until your appointment.

Should I Be Worried If My Tooth Is Sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity is a common symptom that can stem from eroding enamel to teeth that are simply more sensitive. However, if you notice unusual symptoms, like swelling, bleeding, or receding gums, then it could be a result of an infection. To avoid permanent oral damage, make sure to visit our office as soon as possible. On the other hand, if tooth sensitivity is something you’ve experienced your whole life, you can use a special toothpaste designed to fortify your enamel and reduce discomfort.

What Items Should I Include in My Emergency Dental Kit?

Dental emergencies seem to always occur at the most inconvenient times, so preparation is paramount. To prevent an already anxiety-inducing experience from becoming downright chaotic, include the below items in your emergency dental kit:

  • Latex-free gloves
  • Ibuprofen
  • Gauze pads
  • Orajel
  • A container large enough to fit a tooth
  • Saline rinse solution

What If I’m Afraid of the Dentist and Need Treatment?

If the thought of visiting the dentist sends a bead of sweat down your spine, you are not alone. In fact, roughly 50% of Americans experience mild to severe dental phobia. That’s why we offer sedation options for anxious patients. That way, fear doesn’t stop you from getting the dental care you need!