Dental emergencies can happen in an instant, or they may develop gradually over time until the symptoms have become unbearable. Whatever your personal situation is, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Marc Dandois here in Carrollton, TX right away if you’re in need of relief from severe oral injury and/or pain. We offer same-day emergency services for both new and current patients, and after-hours care is also available if you’ve visited our practice before.
There are two different types of emergencies: sudden injury or infection that has developed over time. Dr. Dandois is prepared to treat both cases, but you can use these tips for handling common dental emergencies in the meantime:
If you’re experiencing a toothache, try flossing around the area to remove any pain-causing debris. If you still feel discomfort, contact our office right away. Chances are that you have an infection that requires a root canal. Dr. Dandois can expertly perform root canal therapy to save your tooth and keep the infection from spreading.
A chipped or broken tooth may or may not cause pain, but treatment is always necessary. If this occurs, try to pick up the pieces of your tooth and rinse them off. After, contact our office for an appointment. We may be able to repair your tooth, but if it’s too damaged, there is a chance that Dr. Dandois has to extract your tooth completely.
A knocked-out tooth can be traumatic, but there’s a chance that it can be saved. Pick it up by the crown, rinse it off, and try to put it back into your mouth. If this isn’t possible, store it in water or milk until you can get to our office. If you can come in during the next couple of hours, we may be able to successfully replant your tooth.
If you lose a filling or crown, you may experience pain or sensitivity. You can temporarily protect your tooth by getting some dental cement from your local drugstore and applying it to the affected area. Once you’ve made yourself more comfortable, contact our office for a proper restoration.
Unfortunately, dental emergencies can never be prevented completely, but there are some steps that you can take to minimize your chances of one occurring:
The cost of your emergency dentistry treatment can differ because of the various services that may be necessary. For example, a toothache may require taking antibiotics, while a missing tooth will need more extensive restoration. We never want cost to get in the way of your dental health, which is why we accept insurance and have financing options for those without it.
If your jaw has suffered traumatic damage and could be broken, please proceed to your nearest emergency room for immediate care. If you experienced any fractured or lost teeth in the accident, contact our practice as well so that we can arrange for restorative and cosmetic treatment after you’ve healed from the initial injury.
When you call Dr. Dandois for emergency dental care, you’ll probably be in the middle of a very stressful situation; under those circumstances, it’s easy to panic – especially if you’re unsure of what you need to do. We’ll take the time to address your concerns over the phone and at our practice, but it’s generally helpful if you already have a grasp on everything you need to know long before that point. Below are the answers to questions that might be on your mind if your smile is in danger.
It’s sometimes unclear whether or not pain or an injury in your mouth needs immediate attention. Persistent or severe discomfort – especially when it comes to toothaches – should never be ignored, especially if it lasts longer than two days. Also, while you can wait until our office is open for a small crack, a large break in your tooth should be treated immediately. If you’re suffering from a severe infection of some kind, you’re likely to experience painful swelling that doesn’t get any better. Finally, any situation where an adult tooth has come loose or has been knocked out altogether should be treated as an emergency.
When you have an injured tooth to take care of, it’s helpful to have all the necessary tools on hand: ibuprofen or similar medication for the discomfort, a container to hold any of the broken pieces, dental wax for covering sharp edges that might cut the inside of your mouth, a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding, and – of course – the phone number for Dr. Dandois’s office so that you can call us as soon as you need to. These are just a few examples of items you should have on hand; feel free to ask us for other ideas.
Sometimes your jawbone might become fractured as a result of facial trauma; such an injury is typically very painful, and moving your mouth will become extremely difficult if not impossible. Other parts of the face are likely to have been injured as well. In the case of a fractured jaw (or any other health issue that might be life-threatening, such as bleeding that won’t stop even after you put pressure on the wound), we highly recommend that you contact the nearest emergency room for proper treatment. Make sure that you support your jaw until you can get help.
When you arrive at our office for an emergency appointment, you’ll probably be anxious or afraid given your current predicament. Dr. Dandois has undergone advanced ADA-certified training and is licensed to offer various types of sedation depending on your needs. Some patients will only need nitrous oxide to keep them calm, but oral sedation and IV sedation are also available for extreme anxiety or when a lengthier procedure is required. We can discuss your options over the phone or at our practice.