Find Fast Emergency Dentistry in Rock Hill
Dental emergencies come in several shapes and forms. Maybe your son has cracked a tooth after being hit in the face with a baseball, or maybe a dull discomfort in the back of your mouth has suddenly progressed to serious, distracting pain. In these situations, the last thing you want is to be told by your chosen dental practice that they don’t have time to see you for days or even weeks.
At Coombs & Ross Family Dentistry, we have a different approach in mind. We understand that speed is your highest priority, and our doctors will make time for you as soon as possible. In fact, the first question our front desk will ask when you call in for help will be “how fast can you get here?” Contact our Rock Hill, SC location today to schedule a visit!
What Should Do In a Dental Emergency?
While contacting our practice should be at the top of the list following the onset of serious injury or pain, you may not be able to travel right away. Here are some tips for what to do when faced with the most common dental emergencies our practice sees:
- If you have a serious toothache, try flossing and rinsing your mouth in order to rule out the possibility that a stray piece of food or foreign debris is causing discomfort. It’s okay to take a painkiller, but we strongly recommend not placing it directly on the gum tissue, as it may cause damage.
- If you’ve broken a tooth, gather any large pieces of the tooth that have come loose and plan to bring them with you to the practice. Be prepared for some facial swelling to occur; you can minimize the effects by holding a cold compress against the affected cheek.
- If you’ve lost a tooth, first determine whether or not you still have the actual tooth. If you do, rinse the crown portion carefully while leaving the root and tissue as untouched as possible. Then, place the tooth back into its original socket within the mouth and hold it there. If this cannot be done for whatever reason, carry it in a container of milk. There is a very limited window of time available to successfully reimplant lost teeth in the mouth, so don’t wait to reach out to us.