Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies happen—and they usually occur at the most inopportune times. Dental emergencies can be scary when you aren’t sure what to do. Not every situation requires an immediate visit to the dentist, but if you aren’t sure, we recommend calling our South Austin, TX dental office. We can talk you through whatever you are experiencing and advise you on the best course of action. We always do our best to see you that same day.
Dental pain doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be seen immediately, but trauma and other accidents usually mean you need prompt treatment.
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
The following situations will usually warrant an immediate visit to the dentist:
- Cracked, fractured, and broken teeth
- A tooth that has been knocked out or loosened because of trauma
- Tears, punctures, and lacerations to your gums and soft tissues
- Oral abscesses
- A toothache that has become unbearably painful
It’s important to note that if you believe you might have a broken jaw, we recommend you get to the nearest emergency room or call 911. You can call us after you have received the appropriate medical attention.
When you come in for an emergency, we will do what we can to ensure you are comfortable. If necessary, we will make an appointment to provide follow-up treatment.
If you have lost a dental restoration such as a dental crown or filling, you probably don’t need immediate care. Give us a call, and we will fit you into our schedule for the next available appointment.
What to Do When You’ve Knocked Out a Tooth
If you’ve knocked out a tooth, you must get to our South Austin, TX dental office as soon as possible if we are going to be able to save your tooth. The best thing to do with the tooth is to try to put it back in its socket. If that isn’t possible, they put it in your mouth between your cheek and gum (but be careful not to swallow it). If you cannot do that, you can also put it in a small container with a bit of milk or saliva. It’s important to keep the tooth moist.
Avoiding Future Dental Emergencies
Not all dental emergencies are avoidable, but many are. The best way to avoid dental emergencies is to visit the dentist every six months for examinations and teeth cleaning. When your dentist has the opportunity to examine your mouth regularly, potential problems can be handled before they turn into emergencies.
Call Our South Austin, TX Dental Office
If you have a dental emergency or if you are just overdue for a check-up and cleaning, we invite you to contact West Creek Dental.