Emergency Dentist – Rock Hill, SC
Fast Relief for Your Dental Emergency
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!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
While contacting your emergency dentist 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:
Try flossing and rinsing your mouth with saltwater in order to rule out the possibility that a stray piece of food or foreign debris is causing discomfort. It’s okay to take an over-the-counter pain medication, but we strongly recommend not placing it directly on the gum tissue, as it may cause further irritation.
Gather any large pieces of the tooth that have come loose and plan to bring them with you to our practice. Be prepared for some facial swelling to occur; you can minimize the effects by holding a cold compress against the affected cheek.
First, determine whether or not you still have the 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.
Locate the restoration and give it a gentle rinse with warm water. Then, attempt to place the crown or filling back on the tooth. A little dab of toothpaste, petroleum jelly, or dental wax can help it stay in place. However, you should still avoid chewing with that area of your mouth until you can see us for a more permanent reattachment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
A large portion of dental emergencies can actually be prevented by attending your regular checkups and cleanings and adhering to a strict oral hygiene regimen. These easy-to-follow habits prevent bacteria in plaque from wreaking havoc on your teeth and gums and resulting in severe toothaches that require emergency treatment. Regular checkups allow us to diagnose oral health problems early before they even reach that point.
In addition, it helps to wear a mouthguard during all sporting events and practices. Since it’s estimated that up to 40% of all dental injuries are sports-related, it’s imperative that you protect your pearly whites. Similarly, if have a habit of grinding your teeth while you sleep, ask us about making you a custom nightguard to prevent unconscious damage to your teeth. Lastly, avoid using your teeth as tools for anything other than chewing and speaking.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The amount you’ll end up paying for treatment of your dental emergency is different for every patient. For example, a mild infection in your gums may only require a round of antibiotics, while a broken tooth might necessitate an extraction and replacement, which can be especially costly. No matter the cost of your treatment, the last thing you should do is put off a procedure that you desperately need. Oral health problems only get worse the longer you avoid treatment, resulting in even higher costs down the line. Our friendly and helpful team will do our utmost to minimize your out-of-pocket costs.