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Instead of calling an emergency room for a lost or broken tooth, it’s generally better to call a dental expert like Dr. Crumpton. He’ll be better equipped to deal with the most common issues that could be putting your smile at risk, and he’ll act quickly to relieve your pain and repair your tooth whenever necessary. Save our number in your phone so that you can contact us right away when the worst happens. We’ll always strive to see you on the same day whenever possible.
Are you suffering from a severe tooth infection or did your tooth break in a sudden accident? No matter what the situation, your first move should be to call our office to set up an appointment. While you’re on the line, we can give you first aid tips for taking care of your teeth and gums on your own. It’s important for you to be able to control your pain without making the damage to your mouth more severe. Below are some general tips for dealing with common emergencies.
Rinse with salt water and floss around the hurting tooth. If this doesn’t stop the pain, you might have an infection and will need to make an appointment right away. An over-the-counter pain reliever or a bag of ice on the face can make it easier to keep your pain under control until you reach our office.
Use medical gauze to stop any bleeding, then cover the sharp or rough edges of the tooth with dental wax or a wet cotton ball so that it doesn’t irritate the inside of your mouth. Until the extent of the damage has been determined, keep the area around the tooth clean and avoid using it for chewing.
There’s not much time to try and reattach the tooth, so call us immediately and make arrangements to be in our office within the hour. The best way to preserve the tooth is to put it back in its socket, but you can also store it in a container of milk or saline solution if you need to.
Keep the exposed tooth clean at all times, and make sure to chew with the other side of your mouth. Toothpaste can be used as a temporary adhesive to hold your crown in place while you keep your mouth closed. You can also apply clove oil to the tooth if it’s overly sensitive.
Good brushing and flossing habits are key if you want to avoid dental emergencies. You shouldn’t neglect your routine checkups and cleanings either; these visits could end up saving you from needing additional care later down the road. To lower the risk of breaking your tooth in an accident, avoid biting down on hard items like fingernails and pens, and never use your teeth to open packages. Also, if you play sports, make sure you wear a mouthguard.
Do you just need a filling, or will your tooth have to be completely removed and replaced? Different emergencies call for different solutions, and the cost of treatment will vary quite a bit from case to case. We’ll go over each of your options with you and make sure you understand the costs beforehand so that you’re better prepared when it comes time to pay. We can also discuss your dental insurance and the type of coverage you can expect to receive for a given service as well as your options for third-party financing.
Don’t believe everything you’ve heard about root canal therapy. There’s nothing frightening about this treatment, and in fact it’s a reliable way to stop dental pain and advanced infections. The diseased portions of the inner pulp of the tooth will be removed, and the root canals themselves will be cleaned before the tooth is sealed again. You’ll receive a crown at a follow-up visit to restore the tooth’s stability so that it can still be used to bite and chew.
A tooth might have to be removed if it is so badly decayed or broken that other restorative treatments would be ineffective. Extractions are also sometimes a necessary step to make room for orthodontic treatment or to create the space necessary for full dentures. No matter the circumstances, the treatment will be designed to be as painless as possible, and we’ll help you select the right tooth replacement option right away so that the gap in your smile doesn’t stay there for too long.
During a person’s late teens or early twenties, the wisdom teeth erupt – or at least, they try to. With the rest of the permanent teeth already in place, there’s often not enough space for full molars, which can lead to very painful complications. Dr. Crumpton is very skilled in predicting when wisdom teeth are going to be problematic and can plan an extraction ahead of time – long before your mouth suffers from discomfort and infections.