Emergency Dentistry – Rowlett, TX
The Practice Rowlett Families Turn To For Fast Emergency Care
As the longest-running family dental practice in Rowlett, we’ve seen our share of dental emergencies. Whether they involve a painful toothache or knocked out crown, they all have at least one thing in common: they were completely unexpected. While you can’t know when a dental emergency will strike, you can certainly have a plan in place so you’re prepared. For local families, that plan has been simple for a very long time: call Rowlett Dental Associates. Whatever your urgent issue might be, we’ll work to see you as quickly as possible so we can get you out of pain and back to your life right away.
Why Choose Rowlett Dental Associates for Emergency Dentistry?
- 3 expert dentists on staff
- Long-serving team has seen & done it all
- Sedation dentistry guarantees patient comfort
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
First and foremost, whatever your dental emergency might be, the best thing you can do is reach out for professional care as soon as you can. That way, any damage or pain can be kept to a minimum, and we can work fast so it doesn’t have time to become worse. Whether your emergency occurred suddenly due to an accident or developed slowly over time because of an unknown dental infection, our team is ready to help you overcome it. Before you’re able to reach our office, however, here are a few useful tips you can use at home:
Is the pain dull and persistent? If so, something might just be stuck between your teeth, so rinse and floss around the tooth to try and remove it. If this doesn’t help, or if the pain is sharp and severe, taking an OTC pain-reliever or placing a cold compress on the face can help manage the discomfort.
Use a cold compress to reduce any pain or swelling, and try to recover as much of the tooth that you can, putting any large pieces in a safe container. Don’t chew with the remaining tooth, and place a piece of sugar-free gum or dental wax over any jagged edges that are causing irritation within the mouth.
Is the tooth still partially rooted in the gum tissue? If so, try to gently guide it back into place. Alternatively, if the tooth is fully dislodged, hold it only by the crown, give it a quick rinse, and try to put it back into its socket. Bite down on a piece of gauze to keep it stable. If this isn’t working, put the tooth in your cheek pocket or a container of milk. We can only replant it an hour or so after it was initially knocked out, so don’t wait to give us a call!
Lost Filling / Crown
Find the restoration, rinse it off, and try to place it back onto the tooth. If the newly exposed tooth isn’t experiencing any pain, avoid chewing on the same side as it, and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. If you do feel pain, an OTC pain-reliever can help numb the tooth, and you should give us a call right away.
How to Prevent Emergencies
While no emergency is 100% preventable, these little habits will DRASTICALLY reduce your risk of needing to make an unexpected trip to the dentist in the near-future:
- Do you or one of your children play sports? Keep teeth safe from sudden impacts by always wearing a protective mouthguard.
- Avoid using your teeth as tools to open packages or remove tags.
- Don’t chew on extremely hard items like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly to keep them strong and free of infection.
- Come to Rowlett Dental Associates for routine preventive appointments so we can treat a small problem before it turns into an emergency later.
The Cost of Treating Emergencies
We base our treatment recommendations on the nature of a patient’s dental emergency. As a result, the price of urgent care can vary quite a bit from person to person. Some patients only need a prescription to deal with a minor infection, while others might require a few teeth to be removed and replaced. We’ll be sure to review all of your options so that there aren’t any surprises. If you’re concerned about large out-of-pocket costs, we can help you sign up for low-to-no interest financing right through our website.