Emergency Dentistry – Keller, TX
We’re Here When You Need Urgent Care
You might think you’ll go your whole life without suffering from a true dental emergency, and hopefully that’s the case as long as you take proper care of your smile. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that you won’t wake up one day with a painful toothache or suffer a blow to the mouth that breaks one or more of your teeth. When these emergencies strike, Dr. Walia and the Ridgepoint Dental team are here to stop the pain and save the tooth. If you need dental care now, call us immediately for emergency dentistry in Keller, TX!
Why Choose Ridgepoint Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Team That Focuses on Gentle, Personalized Care
Common Dental Emergencies
When a dentist says you have a “dental emergency”, they could be talking about many vastly different oral health issues. In most cases, the underlying cause will either be sudden trauma (such as a blow to the mouth or face) or poor oral hygiene that allowed an infection to form. When you call our dental office for help, be sure to describe all of your symptoms in full. We can give you advice for taking care of your teeth and controlling your pain while you’re waiting for your appointment.
Some toothaches are actually due to food being caught in your teeth. Some dental floss or a salt water rinse can dislodge the food and relieve your pain. If this doesn’t work, however, your tooth has likely been infected, and root canal therapy might need to be considered. Take ibuprofen or another kind of pain medication if you need to.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
Check the damage. Some dental injuries are so minor that only cosmetic corrections are required while in other cases so much enamel might have been lost that the tooth has to be extracted entirely. We’ll confirm the extent of the damage. In the meantime, cover any jagged edges with dental wax and use an ice pack to reduce any swelling. Avoid biting or chewing with the tooth in question.
There’s not a moment to lose once an adult tooth is lost; you need to get to our dental office within an hour to have the best chance of saving it. Always handle a dislodged tooth by the end used for chewing. Place it back in its socket if you can; otherwise, store it in a container of milk.
Lost Filling or Crown
Swallowing a loose filling or crown isn’t dangerous, but it’s still in your best interest to take it out of your mouth and bring it with you to your appointment. Apply clove oil to the tooth to relieve any sensitivity. A tooth that has lost its restoration is likely weakened, so if you must eat, don’t chew with that side of your mouth.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While you can always rely on Ridgepoint Dental in a worst-case scenario, avoiding dental emergencies altogether is always the ideal solution. Here are some tips that you can use to prevent a wide variety of oral health issues:
- Be extremely mindful of your oral hygiene routine. You should always be brushing two times a day (for at least two minutes at a time), and you need to pay close attention to the gum line.
- If you’re not already flossing, start now; it’s the most reliable way to clean between the teeth.
- Ask us about getting a mouthguard for playing sports. A similar oral appliance can prevent your teeth from grinding together at night.
- Do not bite down on overly hard foods and avoid using your teeth to open any kind of package.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
You shouldn’t have to worry about cost when you’re looking to stop your dental pain. Our down-to-earth team will carefully devise a treatment plan based on your situation, and they will only recommend procedures that are deemed necessary to restoring your oral health. Each emergency will require a different kind of treatment, with some being solved with a simple filling while others might require more complex procedures (such as the extraction and replacement of teeth). Once we have an estimate, we can help you figure out ways to use dental insurance or other financing options to make the treatment affordable.
Have you been living with a recurring pain in your jaw? One common reason for such discomfort is a TMJ disorder. Essentially, the joints that connect your lower jaw to the rest of your head could be damaged or might be strained. In many cases, the pain is accompanied by limited movement of the mouth. The symptoms of TMJ disorder become more severe and debilitating as time goes on, so it’s important to recognize the warning signs and seek treatment as soon as possible. Call us as soon as you think something might be wrong with your jaw.