Emergency Dentist – Plano, TX
Save Your Smile with Emergency Dentistry!
Is your tooth in significant pain either from tooth decay or injury? Dental emergencies like these are generally the most common, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek treatment as soon as they occur. Your trusted emergency dentist in Plano, TX, Dr. Kamali, and her team are proud to offer same-day appointments for your issue whenever possible. When you call our dental office, a team member will be ready to get you scheduled and go over the necessary steps to relieve pain and manage your situation until you arrive. If you have a question about your emergency, feel free to check out our dental emergency FAQ! To have your dental emergency treated, call our dental office today!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When a dental emergency occurs, regardless of the severity, you should always call our dental office first. Not only can we get you scheduled, but we can provide useful information that can help you in your time of need. We can also help you stabilize your condition until you get to our dental office, ideally for the same day. Until you do, here’s what you should do in the following situations.
After flossing the area to confirm if food debris is stuck in between your teeth, take an over-the-counter painkiller if pain does not subside. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. Until you get to our dental office, it’s hard to know for sure what your issue is. We can remove decay and place a filling if needed, but root canal therapy will be needed if an infection exists inside the tooth.
Try to locate any missing pieces of your tooth and bring them to our dental office. Rinse your mouth out with warm water or saltwater. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to your face in 10-minute intervals. Avoid biting down until you get to our dental office. Use gauze to soak any bleeding that occurs. Our dental office may be able to provide a crown to cover the damaged portion. If the tooth is beyond repair, an extraction may be needed.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion only. When rinsing the tooth, avoid touching or removing any tissue still attached. After rinsing out your mouth with warm water, attempt to place the tooth back into your socket. If this is not possible, keep the tooth inside a container of milk or saltwater to keep it preserved. By getting to our dental office within the hour, we may be able to reimplant the tooth. If not, we’ll go over your tooth replacement options.
Keep the crown so you can bring it to our dental office. Use a piece of gum or dental cement to reseat the crown. If your toothaches, use clove oil to reduce discomfort prior to reseating. In most cases, the restoration will need to be replaced.
Frequently Asked Questions - Emergency Dentistry
How to prevent dental emergencies
Most dental emergencies are preventable with at-home oral care and routine visits to our dental office. These steps work to prevent plaque buildup and allow our dental office to catch problems before they become an emergency. All patients who participate in contact sports need to wear a mouthguard for proper protection, which we can design for your convenience. Overall, taking preventive measures is all that you need to do to avoid a majority of dental emergencies.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can vary from as mild to a chipped tooth to as severe as an oral infection. Both have their own sets of treatments that carry their own unique costs. If you’re having a dental emergency, the best way to determine the cost of your treatment is to get to our dental office. Not only can you get an accurate estimate for your treatment, but more importantly, you prevent the issue from worsening and costing you more down the road.
My crown is loose/has come off. What should I do?
Try and find your crown and gently rinse it off with warm water. See if you can place it back onto your tooth using a small bit of toothpaste or dental adhesive and if you can’t, put it in a safe container. Be sure to come see us to have it professionally reattached so you don’t have to worry about it falling out again.
I chipped my tooth. What should I do?
A minor chip usually doesn’t require immediate attention, but you should still come see us so we can make sure that the damage won’t eventually become worse. We can repair your tooth using a variety of treatments if necessary. In most situations, we’ll just need to polish the rough area or use direct bonding to cover it up.
My veneer fell off! Is there a quick fix?
The only way to have your veneer permanently re-bonded to your tooth is to come see us, but in the meantime, you can use a small bit of dental adhesive to keep it in place. You can usually find it at your local drug store.
My jaw is swelling. What should I do?
You should come see us as soon as you can, but if you can’t, you can take an OTC medication like ibuprofen to control the swelling. If you are experiencing any pain, applying a cold compress can help as well.
My gums are bleeding. What should I do?
If your gums are only bleeding a little bit whenever you brush and floss, try using a lighter touch for a few days and see if that helps. If it doesn’t, you likely have gum disease and should come see us for treatment right away.
But, if your gums are bleeding due to an injury, use a clean rag to apply firm pressure to help your blood clot. Once you get it under control, be sure to give us a call, but if you can’t stop bleeding, head directly to your local ER.
My gums are swollen. What should I do?
Initially, try brushing and flossing with less force and see if that helps reduce the swelling. If it persists after a few days, gum disease is probably the cause, and you should make an appointment with us as soon as you can for treatment.
What should I do if I knock out a tooth?
First, try to find the tooth if you can, and be sure to only pick it up by the crown, never the root. Rinse it off gently with warm water, and then try to place it back into its socket. If you can’t do this, put it in a container of milk or saltwater until you can see us. Keeping the tooth wet will make it more likely that we can reattach it. In any case, you should come see us as soon as possible. A cold compress can be used to control any pain or swelling, and a clean rag with consistent pressure can manage any bleeding.
When should I go to the emergency room?
When experiencing a dental emergency, you should only go to your local emergency room if you have suffered any broken bones or are bleeding profusely. There, once you have been cleared by your attending physician, be sure to give us a call so we can help your smile.