Emergency Dentistry - Irving, TX
The Help You Need… Fast!
Dental emergencies tend to be sudden and very inconvenient. Maybe your daughter slipped on the sidewalk and cracked her tooth a week before school pictures, or maybe serious mouth pain is distracting you from preparing for a big presentation at work. Whatever your family’s current situation is, it’s important for everyone to stay calm. With three experienced emergency dentists here in Irving, Daily Smiles MacArthur is the ideal location for fast emergency care! Call us ASAP for urgent treatment.
How to Handle Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can happen quickly, like in the case of a broken tooth, or they may develop gradually, like a toothache that is the result of poor dental hygiene. Whatever the issue, our team is ready to provide the expert care you need to get you out of pain. Below, learn more about the immediate steps you can take after some of the most common dental emergencies.
Toothache or Swelling
You may have a severely infected tooth that is at risk of abscessing. You can soothe the area by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water; over-the-counter pain relief can also help provide comfort. Make an appointment with our office right away.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
Rinse and spit to remove any possible remaining shards. Then, collect and store any larger pieces. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling -- 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off -- and call our office for an appointment.
Right after it happens, collect the missing tooth (touching only the white part, not the root) and rinse away any debris. Then, try to put it back in the socket facing the right way. If that is not possible, wrap the tooth in plastic wrap or store it in a glass of milk until you can receive treatment. If you can come in within an hour, we may be able to reattach the missing tooth. If you can’t make it to our office, visit an ER immediately.
Lost Filling or Dental Crown
After a filling or crown breaks or comes off, rinse and dry the lost piece. You can reattach it using dental adhesive available at the store, or you can use toothpaste if that is not an option for you. Then, schedule an appointment with us right away.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
There is no way to ensure that you and your family will never experience a dental emergency with 100 percent certainty. However, we do have some tips you can keep in mind for how to reduce the odds:
- Remember to schedule a checkup and cleaning every six months with our friendly team! Our dentists will be able to discover dental problems at their earliest stages and prevent them from becoming emergencies down the road.
- Use scissors or other proper tools to open plastic and packaging — not your own teeth.
- Minimize your exposure to foods that are very tough, sticky, hard, or difficult to chew.
- Try not to chew on ice that is in your beverage.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The total cost of your dental emergency treatment will depend on what you need. Of course, replacing a broken filling with another filling or crown, a minor treatment, will not cost as much as replacing a severely decayed tooth. For that, we would need to plan a phased approach, beginning with removing the failing tooth and replacing it with a dental implant or crown later on. We will give you an estimate as well as a few options for treatment when possible before moving forward. Whatever your smile needs, you can feel confident that your dentist in Irving will have you out of pain and on with your life as soon as possible!
Dental Emergency FAQs
It’s never a bad idea to be as prepared as possible should a dental emergency strike. After all, you want to have as much information about the situation as possible. That’s why we recommend reading the following frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry in Irving. If you have an emergency question that you don’t see answered down below, don’t be afraid to contact our office and ask.
Do I Need a Root Canal?
It’s impossible to give you an answer for this question without your coming in for an evaluation. However, if you have had a severe toothache for several days that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter pain medications, chances are you’re going to need more than a filling to treat it. That’s where root canal therapy comes in. During this painless procedure, your dentist in Irving will remove the damaged or infected root from the tooth and replace it with synthetic material. This will not only end your pain, but also prevent reinfection. Once it’s finished, we’ll top your tooth with a lifelike restoration, like a crown or filling, and voila! Your toothache is cured, and no one even has to know you got dental work done!
How Long Should I Wait to Seek Emergency Treatment?
Ideally, you would seek treatment as soon as possible, especially since many dental emergencies are painful and you’ll want your dentist to help alleviate your discomfort quickly. This is critically true if you have a damaged or dislodged tooth, as the sooner you come see us, the higher chance we have of saving your tooth. Even if you’re not sure whether your situation counts as an emergency, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so come see us anyway.
What If My Child Knocks Out a Baby Tooth?
Just like with a knocked-out adult tooth, call us right away and we’ll get you in for an appointment. Whatever you do, do not place the baby tooth back in the socket. Doing so could irreversibly damage the underlying permanent tooth. If the tooth was close to falling out naturally, we might not have to do anything. If not, we may place a space maintainer in the area to prevent surrounding teeth from drifting into the gap.
When Should I Go to the E.R. Instead of the Dentist?
If your dental emergency is also life-threating, like swelling that impacts your ability to breathe, then you should definitely visit your local emergency room instead of your dentist in Irving. Other situations that require a hospital visit include:
- Jaw fractures
- Jaw dislocations
- Deep lacerations
- Serious infection
For any other non-life-threatening dental emergency, call us and we’ll help solve your problem.
What If I Bite My Lip or Tongue?
First, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Hold a piece of gauze to the area to halt any bleeding. Cut down on pain and potential swelling by applying a cold compress to your tongue or lip for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off. You could also take store-bought pain medications as needed. Until your oral injury is healed, it’s best to stay away from hot, acidic, or spicy foods and drinks, as they can irritate the site.