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.