Dental Emergencies

Got a dental emergency? Call your emergency dentist of Dallas, TX at (214)484-2479 to schedule an emergency dental appointment.

Like any other type of emergency, dental emergencies happen. When dental emergencies occur, the best course of action is to seek immediate dental care from your Dallas emergency dentist, Dr. Joshi of Glow Dental & Implant Center. Dr. Joshi sets aside time in his day for dental emergencies and our helpful office staff will schedule you an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, they will provide you with advice on what to do until your appointment.

Did You Know?

You can prepare for a dental emergency by adding a few items to your everyday first aid kit. Such items include a small container (for holding a lost tooth), gauze, cotton balls, tea bags, an ice pack, a handkerchief, and Dr. Joshi’s number.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What constitutes a dental emergency?

Several things can constitute a dental emergency, and any dental problem that requires immediate attention is considered a dental emergency. Some possible examples of a dental emergency include:

  • Sudden or intense tooth pain
  • A throbbing tooth with no pain
  • Swelling, pus, or unexplained bleeding
  • A lost tooth
  • A broken tooth (fractured or chipped)
  • An infected tooth
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Pain in the gums above or below the tooth
  • A faulty, loose, or missing dental restoration
  • An inability to open one’s mouth, speak, or eat

What do I do in the case of a dental emergency?

If you are having a dental emergency, call our office immediately so that we can assist you. Depending on the nature of your emergency, our office may give you some home remedies to do while you wait for your appointment. Listed below are some recommendations from the American Dental Association. Please be advised, however, that the following is not meant to replace professional dental care and is only intended as a temporary treatment until professional help can be obtained.

Lost Tooth:

A lost tooth is only a dental emergency if it is a permanent, or adult, tooth. In cases where your tooth has been lost, be sure to only handle the tooth by its crown. The crown is the portion of the tooth that is normally visible above the gum line. This is because your tooth root can easily be damaged and this will make it harder to treat.

When a tooth is lost, you should first try to place it back into the socket. If that is not possible, then you will need to keep the tooth moist and prevent it from drying out. To accomplish this, you can store the lost tooth in milk or simply place it in your mouth between your cheek and gums until your appointment. To reduce swelling and provide pain relief, you can use a cold compress.

Broken Tooth:

If you have a broken tooth at the gum line, a broken tooth after a root canal, an infected broken tooth, a split tooth, or a broken tooth with no pain, the first thing you will want to do is to try and locate any and all missing pieces of the broken tooth to place in milk. Next, you will want to gently rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the affected area and to alleviate any discomfort. Finally, a cold compress can be used to stop a broken tooth from hurting until your appointment. Never try to pull a broken tooth at home, especially if the tooth is broken with the root still in the gums. Doing so can cause irreversible damage and you may not be able to save your tooth.

Woman in dental chair holding her cheek in pain listening to the dentist

Tooth Pain:

If you have a toothache or pain, first brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with warm water to dislodge any possible food pieces. You may also want to floss to see if there are food particles between your teeth causing your tooth to hurt. If something is caught, only use floss to remove it and never use sharp objects.

If your tooth pain persists, call our office to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, you may be instructed to use anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen and a cold compress. Additionally, placing some clove oil on a cotton ball and holding it against the affected tooth may reduce some discomfort. Clove oil is often used to treat dry sockets after wisdom teeth are removed and works well to reduce tooth pain.

Soft Tissue Damage:

If your soft tissues, such as gums, lips, tongue, or cheeks are affected, the first thing to do is to control the bleeding. Usually biting down on a cotton ball for 15-30 minutes is enough to stop the bleeding. Biting down on a tea bag can also be helpful because the caffeine in the tea bags helps constrict the blood vessels. If the bleeding continues, you may be instructed to go to the emergency room. Once the bleeding is controlled, you will want to rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and relieve pain.

Jaw Damage:

If you suspect your jaw is broken or dislocated in any way, DO NOT try to speak, eat, or open your mouth. Have someone call our office for further information. When jaw damage is suspected, you will likely be referred to an emergency room for care.

What can I expect during my emergency dental appointment at Glow Dental & Implant Center?

You can expect to be scheduled for a same-day emergency dental appointment. Upon arriving, Dr. Joshi will evaluate the affected area and make a treatment plan. Your treatment options will be discussed with you. Depending on the type and severity of your dental emergency, this treatment plan can vary. Your treatment plan may consist of various restoration treatments such as fillings, dental bonding, dental crowns, dental implants, and others.

Woman wearing a nitrous oxide mask over her nose receiving inhaled sedation during her dental appointment

Once you have agreed on a treatment plan, Dr. Joshi will start treatment immediately. In some cases, dental anesthetics and/or dental sedation may be used to keep you calm and comfortable while the procedure is carried out. Again, depending on the type and severity of your dental emergency, you may require light or heavy sedation. If heavier sedation methods are required, you will need to have a driver pick you up. This will all be discussed with you prior to your treatment.

What can I expect after my emergency dental appointment at Glow Dental & Implant Center?

Woman holding an ice pack on her cheek

After your emergency dental appointment, you can expect that your dental emergency will be resolved. Depending on the type and severity of this emergency, you may also expect to feel sore and possibly groggy from the sedation. Any soreness you feel, however, should be less than what you initially felt before treatment.

You will given post-treatment instructions that will explain how to proceed in the days and weeks following your emergency dental treatment. These post treatment instructions generally provide information on what to eat, what medications to take, when and how to use ice or heat, and how to avoid damaging your restoration. However, depending on your individual treatment plan, these instructions can vary.

Got a dental emergency? Call your emergency dentist of Dallas, TX at (214)484-2479 to schedule an emergency dental appointment.

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