Dental emergencies can be sudden and frightening, especially when they affect the people you love. Whether your family is struggling with a sudden traumatic injury or severe oral pain that has left your loved one in tears, do not hesitate to contact your emergency dentist in Concord. Generations Dental Care provides unconditional support and guidance to stop your discomfort as quickly as possible. We will do everything we can to see you the same day as your initial call.
Although you never expect it to happen to you, 1 in 6 Americans faces a dental emergency every year. Some injuries cannot be avoided, like those that occur from trauma or injury to the face. Other situations could have been prevented with the right dental care. Leaving a small cavity or fracture untreated may not seem like a large concern now, but it can lead to a painful and frightening dental emergency down the road.
We provide the immediate care you need for several situations, including:
Nothing is worse than a toothache. While you may think it is normal for a tooth to be painful from time to time, it is never a good sign. Often, it is an indicator of a larger underlying problem, even if the pain dissipates in a few days. A toothache is often a sign of an infection, which could lead to the loss of your tooth. We can save it with a root canal. Use over-the-counter pain relievers until your appointment.
A chipped or broken tooth needs immediate care. It is best to rinse your mouth with salt water and avoid chewing on the tooth until after it is repaired. Use an over-the-counter pain reliever and apply a cold compress to the outside of you mouth to manage any swelling or discomfort. Your treatment process will vary depending on the extent of the damage. If we cannot save your tooth, we will discuss your replacement options if it needs to be extracted.
A knocked-out tooth can often be saved if you act quickly. Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it with cool water. Do not dry it. Instead, gently try to reinsert it back into its socket. If you cannot, place it in a cup of milk or water.
Never try to fix a lost restoration on your own. Keep your teeth clean and avoid placing pressure on your tooth until after it is repaired.
Although you cannot fully prevent dental emergencies, there are several things you can do to help decrease your risk of one, such as:
The cost of dental emergencies varies depending on the issue you are having and the treatment you need. We provide you with a custom estimate and discuss your payment options, such as using your dental insurance or CareCredit.
When dental emergencies arise, it is important that you are prepared. Part of this process is first, staying calm, and second, knowing how to handle a situation until you are able to get in to see your dentist. At Generations Dental Care, we want to provide you with the tools and information you need to address the problem from the time it begins until the time you arrive for your appointment. To help, we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry. Should you have additional questions, please contact our office.
There are a few easy ways to determine if you are dealing with a dental emergency:
But if you want to err on the side of caution, any time you are feeling serious pain in your oral cavity (i.e. teeth, gums, lips, tongue, cheeks, throat, jaw), it’s best to contact our office and alert us to the situation. By describing your current state and what transpired, we can better determine if you should get in to see us immediately.
When a toothache occurs, you will do just about anything to get rid of the pain. If you find yourself looking for pliers, stop. While the discomfort might be unpleasant or almost debilitating, there are things you can take or use to help alleviate some of the pain, including:
Just as we mentioned never to reach for pliers when you have a toothache, we will reiterate that you should never use tools (i.e. tweezers, knives, forks, etc.) to remove an object that is stuck between your teeth. This can not only do more harm to your teeth, but it is extremely dangerous and can lead to devastating consequences.
The best way to try and remove a stuck object is to use waxed dental floss. Gently move it back and forth between the tooth, and if it becomes dislodged, you should begin to feel relief almost immediately. If you are unable to remove it, it is suggested that you try a water flosser, as the pressure used to push out the water can help to dislodge the item.
Much of this depends on what is causing your toothache. In most situations, a toothache should never last more than a day; however, if after 1-2 days your pain is not going away, go ahead and call our office. Once we are able to thoroughly examine the tooth, we will be able to determine what is the reason for the pain and how best to treat it.
If you are experiencing a traumatic injury to your mouth, it is understandable that you would want to go to the emergency room; however, depending on the situation, you could be forced to sit in a waiting room for hours before seeing a doctor. In the majority of cases, our team can quickly diagnose the problem and administer the correct method of treatment, but if you are dealing with continual bleeding that will not stop, severe swelling, or a broken or dislocated jaw, you should visit your local ER as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing heavy, sustained oral bleeding, a broken jaw, or severe swelling, please proceed to the nearest emergency room. After your initial care, we can assist you with the emergency dental services you need. Contact us today for a same-day appointment.