Emergency Dentist - Beachwood, OH
Stop Oral Pain and Live Your Life!
You likely do everything you can to protect your oral health in the long-term. You might practice long-term oral care and visit holistic dentists like Dr. Schlessel and Dr. Hornstein for exams and cleanings, but sometimes dental emergencies can get the best of you. If they ever do, you can rest knowing that you have a place to call your dental home. At The Center for Advanced Dentistry, we can treat your dental emergency, get you out of discomfort, and make sure that you have a healthy smile going forward. Call our office right away if you are experiencing a dental emergency!
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
When a dental emergency occurs, the first thing you should do is remain calm, followed by giving our office a call. From there, we can provide you important first aid tips and get you scheduled for an appointment as soon as possible. Depending on the type of emergency you’re experiencing, here’s what you should do next before you arrive at our office.
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris from in between your tooth and gums. If pain continues, rinse your mouth out with warm saltwater (one teaspoon of salt for every eight ounces of water) and take pain medication like ibuprofen before arriving at our office. We may need to remove decay and place a filling or a crown depending on the cause of your pain and the extent of the damage present.
Collect any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to our office. Rinse your mouth out with warm water to remove any loose shards that may still be present. Apply a cold compress to your cheek for 10 minutes at a time to reduce swelling and take painkillers as needed. We may be able to restore your tooth with a dental crown.
After locating the tooth and picking it up by the crown portion only, rinse off any dirt or debris. Do not remove any tissue still attached and avoid touching the root. You can place it back into your empty socket or inside of a container of milk, saltwater, or saliva to keep it preserved for up to one hour. Get to our office right away, as doing so can increase your chances of successful reimplantation.
If you still have the restoration, you can temporarily reattach it using dental cement, denture adhesive, toothpaste, or sugar-free chewing gum. This should not be done in place of visiting our office as the restoration will likely need to be replaced.
You Can Prevent Dental Emergencies
It’s impossible to protect yourself from all dental emergencies, but there are certainly ways to reduce your overall risk. Take note of these steps below:
- Brush twice a day and floss daily
- Maintain routine dental checkups and cleanings every six months
- Wear a mouthguard while playing sports (or a nightguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep)
- Avoid chewing on hard foods or inedible objects (i.e. ice, rock candies, pens, pencils, fingernails)
- Never use your teeth to open packages or bottles
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of your emergency treatment depends on the complexity of your needs. For example, some emergencies require the placement of a dental crown or filling, while others simply require a prescription. We’ll make sure to provide you with an estimate of your treatment costs. Regardless of what you’ll need to pay, putting off your emergency will only let your issue get worse, resulting in higher dental care costs down the line, so don’t put off treatment.