Emergency Dentist – Carrollton, TX
Urgent Dental Care without the Wait
A large part of what defines an emergency is its unexpectedness. With that in mind, our Carrollton dental team is committed to offering emergency care to patients who need urgent help. Whether you’ve just chipped your enamel or have a severe toothache, our team has the advanced training and technology to assist you. Simply give us a call to alert us to your needs. We’ll be happy to discuss your dental emergency with you over the phone and schedule a time for you to come in. We always try to provide same-day care for patients with the most urgent needs. If we can’t see you immediately, we’ll schedule a time for you to come in as soon as possible.
Why Choose On Point Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Patients in Pain
- Able to Provide Comprehensive Care Under One Roof
- Your Needs Always Come First
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
It can be tough to think clearly in the middle of a dental emergency, but the right thing to do in any situation is to reach out for professional care straight away. By contacting us as soon as possible, we’ll be able to schedule an appointment quickly so we can minimize any pain and damage to the smile. Before you’re able to reach our dental office, there are also a few things you can do on your own to improve the situation:
Before giving us a call, try flossing around the tooth that’s hurting. In some cases, the issue can be resolved by dislodging a bothersome piece of debris. If this doesn’t solve your problem, though, give us a call, and we’ll schedule a time for you to come in for an exam.
If you’ve just cracked or broken a tooth, rinse your mouth and apply a cold compress to the affected area to prevent swelling. Try to gather any large pieces of the tooth you can find, and cover the remaining tooth with either some sugarless gum or dental wax if it has a rough edge.
We will always try to help patients who have lost a tooth the same day because we may be able to reattach it if we can see you quickly enough. Until we can see you, try placing your tooth back in the socket it came from. You can also store it in a container of milk or water.
A filling or crown can be reattached with toothpaste or denture adhesive. This is just a temporary fix, however. Visit our Carrollton dental office to have your restoration professionally reattached and avoid chewing with the tooth until then.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies are not 100% preventable (just like all others), there are a few practices you can adopt to dramatically reduce your chances of needing to make an unscheduled dental visit:
- Have any athletes at home? Make sure everyone wears a protective mouthguard whenever they go to play to keep their teeth protected from unexpected (or expected!) impacts.
- Save your teeth and DON’T munch on hard items like ice, popcorn kernels, rock candies, pens, pencils, etc.
- Having trouble getting a package open? Go grab the scissors instead of using and potentially chipping your teeth!
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because every dental emergency is different, there is no fixed price for urgent dental care. Our treatment recommendations will be based on the needs of the patient and will be designed to stop any pain before repairing damage to the smile. We know that emergency dentistry is usually an unexpected expense, which is why our dental office accepts a number of flexible payment options. In addition to working with PPO dental insurances, we also offer low-to-no-interest financing and even have our own In-House Loyalty Program.
Emergency Dentistry FAQ’s
Because dental emergencies can happen out of nowhere, many patients are curious about them, even after reading the tips above. At On Point Dentistry, we want our patients to have all the information they need to feel confident in their smile and safety. That’s why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies. Read on to learn more!
What Should I Do If I Fracture My Jaw?
While a jaw fracture is technically a dental emergency, this problem should be treated by a medical doctor at the nearest urgent care facility. Severe injuries like jaw fractures, deep facial wounds, and issues that affect breathing are potentially life-threatening, which is why you should visit the hospital instead of our office. After you’ve received treatment, you can contact us to make any necessary repairs to your smile.
Is Tooth Sensitivity an Emergency?
Do your teeth feel sensitive when you take a bite of ice cream? Or, maybe it happens when you sip a cup of coffee? This sensitivity to hot or cold temperature isn’t an immediate emergency, but it could be an early sign of dental issues like decay. If you notice this symptom, contact our office right away. We will schedule your appointment, examine your smile, and provide the proper treatment before the issue grows worse. However, some patients have naturally sensitive teeth, which can be managed by watching what you consume and brushing with fluoridated toothpaste.
What If I’m Too Afraid to Get Treatment?
About 75% of the US suffers from some sort of dental fear or anxiety, but this problem becomes serious when it prevents those from getting the dentistry they need. Unlike many medical issues that can get better with time, dental emergencies will only grow worse if left untreated, leading to more extensive and expensive dental care. Thankfully, we offer sedation dentistry to help even the most anxious patients relax throughout their entire treatment. The best part is that we have multiple sedation options based on your level of fear for the most comfortable and enjoyable results.
When Will I Need a Root Canal?
Root canals are usually necessary when tooth decay has progressed into an infection that reaches the inner part of the tooth called dentin. This area contains pain sensing nerves, which is why toothaches can be so uncomfortable. Root canal therapy is one of the most important treatment options we have because it allows us to remove infected parts of your tooth without having to extract it. With this treatment option, we can effectively get you out of pain and back to smiling!
How Can I Bring Down Facial Swelling?
If you experience a dental injury, swelling is a common symptom that can occur. To ease this problem, use an ice pack or cold compress on the side of the affected area for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off. This will help reduce swelling and numb the pain. You can also take an over the counter pain medication like ibuprofen.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office!