When you experience a dental emergency, every minute counts. You just want to return to normal quickly! At Carlsbad Beach Dental, we do our best to see our emergency patients as soon as possible to bring relief and healing. Dr. Addy and our caring team can help provide the services you need to get back to full oral health, so don’t hesitate to contact our dental office for an emergency appointment!
If you find yourself in a dental emergency situation, try to stay calm and assess the problem. In most cases, you should call our dental office right away for our soonest appointment and for more specific instructions for your circumstances. However, here are some common dental emergencies and ways you can deal with them that facilitate your treatment and increase odds of success.
If you’re suffering from a severe toothache, try to floss around the tooth to ensure that nothing is stuck between your teeth. If the pain persists, call us. Keep the area clean by rinsing your mouth with warm water, and take over-the-counter medication to manage the pain. The most likely culprit is harmful bacteria gaining access to the pulp or sensitive center of your tooth. In this case, you may need a root canal to save your tooth.
In the case of a chipped or broken tooth, try to locate the large pieces of your tooth. We may be able to use them to salvage your tooth, depending on how badly damaged your tooth is. Rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. If the tooth has sharp edges or points, use dental wax to protect your tongue and oral tissues. Keep in mind that if the tooth is severely damaged, we may need to extract the tooth.
Time is especially precious when a tooth gets knocked out. In that case, you need to call immediately and try to get to our dental office within an hour so that we have the best chances of saving the natural tooth. Avoid touching the root when putting the tooth back into the socket. If that’s not possible, keep the root moist by storing the tooth in water or milk and bring it with you.
As durable as fillings and crowns are, they unfortunately don’t last forever. If your filling or crown comes out, make sure you keep the tooth clean by rinsing with warm water and try to avoid using that area of your mouth while eating. If you experience pain or sensitivity, manage it with over-the-counter pain medications, but avoid using topical pain relievers because these can damage your gums and oral tissues.
Life happens, and some dental emergencies are unavoidable. However, others can be prevented through the following actions:
If you do these things, you’ll be less likely to experience a dental emergency.
The potential scenarios involving dental emergencies are far too vast to provide any specific numbers for the cost of dental emergencies. In some situations, we can help by prescribing an antibiotic. In others, we may need to perform root canal therapy to save the natural tooth from severe decay or damage. No matter what treatment your circumstances require, our team will be ready to help you and will provide the best quality care you deserve at an affordable rate.