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! 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
When a dental emergency occurs, the first thing you should do is stay calm and give our office a call. This gives you the opportunity to schedule an appointment with our 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.
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.
Collect any pieces of tooth that you can and bring them to our 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.
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 office for treatment, the better your chances are of reimplanting the tooth.
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
Most dental emergencies can be avoided when you practice daily oral care and make routine visits to our 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
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 an 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!