If you or a loved one was suddenly in a lot of dental pain, what would you do? If like many you decide to head to your local ER, you’ll likely spend hours waiting before being seen by someone with little to no dental training. Fortunately, you have a much better option in Spring House. For people in need of urgent dental care, they can get the professional attention they need right away just by calling NeoSmile Dental Care. We’re happy to see patients the same day that they call in, and in particularly urgent situations, we can get people in on the weekend as well.
There are two main types of dental emergencies. Some can develop in the blink of an eye, like with a motor vehicle accident or collision while playing sports. Others take months to progress and only become apparent when they start to cause major pain. Our team is more than capable of handling both, and you should give us a call right away if you or a family member ever experience any sudden problems with your teeth. Until you’re able to reach our office, the following tips should help provide some temporary relief:
Is something stuck between the teeth? Try rinsing and flossing around the affected tooth to dislodge anything that might be causing the problem. If the pain is due to a cavity or crack in the tooth, however, an OTC medication and cold compress can help lessen any discomfort until someone can come see us.
Rinse the mouth gently with warm water, then try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can. A cold compress can manage any swelling, and the remaining tooth can be covered with a piece of sugarless gum or dental wax if it has a rough edge.
Recover the tooth, gently rinse it off, and try to put it back into its socket. If it won’t stay, keep the tooth in a container of either milk or saltwater. It needs to remain wet to keep it viable for reattachment!
While a lost filling or crown shouldn’t be a major cause for alarm, it’s still best to see us right away to prevent the newly exposed tooth from developing any decay or sensitivity. After rinsing off the restoration, see if you can place it back onto the tooth. A small dab of toothpaste can help with this until we’re able to repair it.
Dental emergencies, just like people, come in all shapes and sizes, so treating them can vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on their particular needs. Sometimes, someone might just need a prescription to take care of a minor infection, or they may need a root canal and a crown. In any case, our approach will be to get a patient out of pain before addressing any damage to their smile. To help patients with an unexpected dental expense, we’re happy to accept all PPO insurances, offer flexible financing, and we even have our own In-House Savings Plan.
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