If you or a loved one has ever experienced a dental emergency, you know how stressful, painful, and frightening it can be. Many dental offices are only available to help their patients during preplanned, scheduled appointments, but at McCarl Dental Group, we’re here whenever our patients need us most. As Dr. Clayton McCarl outlines in this video, we provide cell phone numbers for our patients, and are available to talk whenever patients need us most. Whether you’re experiencing complications from an advanced dentistry procedure or you chipped your tooth the night before a special event, our team will be happy to help. Contact us right away, and we’ll do our utmost to provide same day dental treatments.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any oral health issue that requires immediate care. We trust patients, when they call with an emergency, but if you’re ever in doubt, give us a call anyway. Even if your oral health condition doesn’t necessitate immediate dental office visit, we’ll walk you through first aid and pain management tips over the phone, and schedule an appointment. It’s always best to treat dental problems or decay in the earliest stages to prevent additional damage, so let us know right away.
What Types of Emergencies do you Treat?
We’re happy to welcome any patient experiencing a dental emergency, but if you’re concerned the emergency may be life threatening, we encourage you to proceed to your nearest emergency care facility. Our team will be happy to help you, once we’re sure you are safe. Some of the most common emergencies we see include:
- Toothache, gum pain, and other discomfort
- Pain and sensitivity to changes in temperature or sweet foods
- Swelling, inflammation, or infection of the soft tissue
- A crown or filling that has come loose or broken away
- A chip, crack, or other cosmetic concern before a big event
What Should I do At Home Before my Emergency Appointment?
The first thing you should do during a dental emergency, is call our office or your dentist’s cell phone number. Our team will walk you through steps to protect your smile and relieve pain over the phone, but some of the basic steps include:
- Keep the affected area clean. Gently swish warm water to remove blood and debris from the mouth.
- Use an ice pack or cold compress at twenty minute intervals (20 on/20 off) to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Use over-the-counter pain medication, please take as directed on the package. We normally recommend Ibuprofen or Motrin first because it works as an anti-inflammatory as well as pain reliever. If you cannot take Ibuprofen or Motrin, use Tylenol. If you tolerate both well, you may also alternate between Ibuprofen and Tylenol.
- If you’ve lost a restoration or tooth, try to retrieve it and bring it with you. If you’ve lost a tooth or a large portion of a tooth, carefully pick it up by the biting surface, never the roots. Place the tooth back in the socket, if possible. If you’re unable to replace the tooth, store it in milk until you reach our office.