You can’t always stop a dental emergency from happening, but you can plan ahead for what to do after one occurs. If you need an emergency dentist in Simpsonville, SC your first step should be calling the team at Tylan Creek Family Dentistry. We’re here to help whenever you need us most, including same-day emergency care whenever possible. Regardless of the situation, we have the training, experience, and technology to relieve your pain and help you move forward with a healthy smile intact! One of our doctors is always on call 24/7, so don’t hesitate to contact us at any of our locations for assistance.
There are two main categories of dental emergencies: problems that take time to develop (such as toothaches) and sudden accidents and injuries. Our team can handle both, and after you’ve called us we can walk you through first-aid and pain management over the phone. In the meantime, you can use the tips below until you arrive.
First, floss around the tooth and rinse out your mouth to remove anything that may be stuck. If you still have pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of your lip or cheek and take OTC medication for pain.
Even if a chipped tooth isn’t causing pain, give us a call to schedule a visit. The tooth will be more prone to breaking again, which is likely to cause more severe damage the second time around. If the tooth is painful or sensitive, take pain medication as directed and cover any sharp edges with dental wax from the store.
In this situation, it’s important to act fast because we’ll have the best chance of saving your tooth if we see you within an hour.
To handle the tooth, pick it up by the crown (not the root) and rinse it off, taking care not to drop it. For adults only, try to place it back into its socket. If that’s not possible, hold it in your cheek pouch or a glass of milk (only store it in tap water as an absolute last resort because it can make it harder to save).
If you have a sharp edge from a lost filling, use dental wax from the store to cover it. If you’ve lost a crown, use a small amount of toothpaste or dental cement from the store to put it back on your tooth. Using any other type of glue can do more harm than good and make it more difficult to treat when you arrive. Chew on the opposite side until your appointment.
A dental emergency can occur out of nowhere and may be completely out of your control. However, the following habits will at least minimize the chances of a dental emergency:
The cost of treating a dental emergency can vary a lot, depending on the situation. Minor toothaches may only require a small filling, while accidents could involve several extractions and either a bridge or dental implants to replace missing teeth.
After relieving your pain and evaluating your needs, we’ll discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you have to help you make the best decision. From there, we’ll put together a treatment plan and give you a more precise estimate of the cost. We’ll also talk about insurance or financing as necessary. Insurance plans differ quite a bit, but many at least partially cover exams, X-rays, and both minor and major procedures.
Are you worried that you might not be ready for a dental emergency? Our team can answer any questions you have over the phone or during your appointment, but it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can before the worst happens. You don’t want to lose time panicking before you act to have your injuries and pain treated, after all! Keep reading to find the answers to some of the most common questions patients ask about dental emergencies.
Different oral health issues will have different symptoms, but most of the time you can recognize an emergency if you’re suffering any of the following symptoms:
As soon as you notice any of these symptoms, call our office. Describe what is happening and how you’re feeling as clearly as possible so that we have a full picture of the situation. Never ignore your symptoms; dental emergencies will not get better over time unless you’ve been treated.
We generally don’t recommend going to the emergency room for toothaches or other common issues. An emergency dentist is more likely to have the tools needed to truly treat the underlying cause of your dental problem. That said, if you’re suffering from unstoppable bleeding, a broken or fractured jaw, facial lacerations that require stitches, or swelling that makes it harder to breathe or swallow – in other words, a condition that could threaten your life if it’s not taken care of immediately – you should call the nearest hospital emergency room for help.
Baby teeth are designed to eventually fall out naturally, but a strong blow to the mouth or a similar injury could cause your child to lose them early. We will need to take an X-ray of your child’s mouth to figure out what the proper response is. Sometimes steps will have to be taken in order to prevent the remaining teeth from moving into the gap where the permanent tooth is meant to erupt. You’ll need to act quickly; waiting too long could have an adverse effect on your child’s dental development.
Pain that occurs whenever your tooth touches something hot or cold could point to an emergency situation. Specifically, it could be a symptom of advanced gum disease that has exposed the vulnerable roots of your teeth, or it could point to a cavity that has exposed the inner pulp. Of course, there are other causes of tooth sensitivity as well. The only way we’ll be able to determine whether or not it’s a sign of something more serious is performing a thorough examination.