Emergency Dentistry – Mansfield, TX
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1 in 6 Americans will experience a dental emergency this year, and many of them won’t have a plan in place. Do you? If you live in Mansfield, it can be nice and simple: call Broad Park Family Dentistry. Whether your child has a bad toothache or you’re dealing with a dental injury, we’ll work to see you right away to stop any pain and take care of the problem without delay. We’re even willing to make after-hour/weekend appointments if the situation is particularly pressing, so you can always count on us for the immediate attention you need via emergency dentistry in our Mansfield, TX dental office.
Why Choose Broad Park Family Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Sedation Dentistry Guarantees a Comfortable Experience
- Happy to Treat Patients of All Ages
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
If you or a loved one start experiencing dental pain, or if you sustain some type of oral injury, the first thing you should do is contact our team. Acting quickly will enable us to schedule you for an appointment and walk you through important first-aid over the phone. Before you’re able to reach us, here are a few ways to manage some of the most common emergencies and get some temporary relief:
A toothache could be a sign of an infection, a crack in the tooth, or just a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. Rinse and floss around the tooth in question, and if the pain persists, go ahead and take an OTC medication. Rinsing with warm salt water a few times an hour can help soothe the discomfort as well.
Can you find any pieces of the tooth? If so, pick them up, put them in a safe container, and bring them to our dental office. The remaining tooth might have a rough edge that could injure the inside of the mouth, so be sure to cover it with some sugarless gum or dental wax (which you’ll find at any pharmacy).
While it is possible for us to put a fully knocked-out tooth back into place, we have the best chance of doing so only if you come to see us within an hour or so of the incident. In the meantime, pick up the tooth while only touching the crown, rinse it off gently, and place it under the tongue. Keeping the tooth in its natural environment will help it stay alive until you make it to our dental office.
Rinse off the restoration if you still have it, and place it back onto the tooth, using a dab of toothpaste if it won’t stay. If the restoration is completely broken or lost, cover the tooth with dental cement (found at your local pharmacy), and avoid chewing with that area of your mouth until we can repair it.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Brush and floss your teeth every day to keep them strong and free of infection.
- Visit Broad Park Family Dentistry at least twice a year for checkups so we can catch a small problem before it turns into an emergency.
- Preserve your teeth and don’t chew on hard things like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Opening a package with your teeth can easily chip them, so always use scissors instead!
- Be sure to wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports to avoid oral injuries.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of delaying emergency dental care is always higher compared to simply seeking out treatment right away. That’s because dental issues only become worse over time, so waiting can lead to additional pain and damage that will require a more involved procedure to fix. To help make this type of treatment more affordable, we’re happy to accept and maximize many PPO dental insurance plans, ensuring that finances never get in the way of necessary pain relief.
Does your jaw constantly ache, or do you experience headaches several days a week? This could be the sign of a TMJ problem, which involves your jaw joint. TMJ disorders, or TMDs, cause over 10 million Americans to experience chronic orofacial pain each year, but we can put a stop to it here at Broad Park Family Dentistry. If you’re ready to enjoy pain-free days again, don’t wait to contact us.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Handling a sudden dental injury can be anxiety-inducing. Who should you call? Can your tooth be saved? How can you relieve your pain until your appointment? While we can’t answer all your questions here, we certainly can answer the most common ones to help you get the treatment you need when you need it most.
When Is Going to the Emergency Room for a Dental Emergency the Right Choice?
When it comes to the care of your teeth and gums, visiting our emergency dentist in Mansfield is typically the best option. After all, Dr. Rudd and Dr. Howze are experts in keeping your oral health and smile in pristine condition. However, if your dental injury results in any of the below conditions, then your first stop should be the emergency room:
- Oral bleeding that lasts longer than 10 minutes.
- A broken jawbone.
- Severe facial trauma.
- Abnormal symptoms that inhibit your ability to breathe or swallow.
How Can I Treat a Dental Emergency at Home?
Whether it is a small toothache or a knocked-out tooth, all oral health problems necessitate a visit to our office. However, there are a few measures you can take to make yourself more comfortable until your appointment:
- Rinse with a mixture of salt and warm water to prevent infection and relieve swelling.
- Floss between your teeth to remove food particles and debris that could irritate your gums.
- Use a cold compress to reduce inflammation.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve discomfort.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
Outside a fractured or lost tooth, many patients are unclear on what exactly necessitates an emergency visit. In general, intense pain, sudden swelling, and abnormal bleeding are a few symptoms associated with a dental injury that needs urgent treatment. Additionally, lost fillings or damaged restorations that leave your teeth vulnerable to further harm or infection should result in a trip to our office. If you are ever unsure, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can help you determine whether you should come in immediately or schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.
What Should Be in My Dental Emergency Kit?
Ideally, you and your loved ones will never have to deal with a dental emergency. However, if one does arise, you’ll be happy you took the time to assemble an emergency kit. If you don’t already have one or you need to replenish your supplies, make sure to include the below items:
- A small container with a lid to hold a knocked-out tooth or lost crown.
- Over-the-counter pain medication (not aspirin or ibuprofen since they can thin your blood).
- Disposable gloves.
- Medical gauze.
- Contact information for our office (so you can schedule an appointment hassle-free).
Are Dental Emergencies Expensive to Treat?
Like most dental treatments, the cost depends on a number of factors. How many teeth need to be treated? Can the injury be handled with a small filling or do you need an extraction and tooth replacement? The answers to questions like these will determine the final price. Fortunately, many dental insurance plans cover some or all of emergency treatment. So, make sure to talk to your provider about what is and isn’t covered in a dental emergency.