In the case of a dental emergency, time is always of the essence. An hour or two could mean the difference between keeping or losing a tooth, which is why at St. Albans Dental, we always move our schedule around to see emergency patients as quickly as we can. If you or a loved one is dealing with a terrible toothache or has just sustained a dental injury, give us a call, and we’ll work to schedule an appointment and provide the relief you need as soon as possible with emergency dentistry in St. Albans.
Ideally, any dental emergency should only be handled by professionals, so be sure to give our dental office a call if someone is experiencing extreme dental pain. However, if you’re unable to reach us immediately, there are a few things you can do to help with pain and increase the chances we’ll be able to save a tooth. Depending on your situation, be sure to:
Thoroughly rinse and floss around the tooth first to remove any food debris that might be stuck and causing the problem. Then, take an OTC medication and/or apply a cold compress to the face. In many cases, the fastest way to stop a toothache and save the tooth from extraction is with a root canal.
Try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, put them in a safe container, and remember to bring them to our dental office. A cold compress can help manage any pain or swelling. Our team is usually able to repair even the most damaged teeth, but if the tooth is too far gone, we may have to perform an extraction instead.
Find the tooth, rinse off any debris while NOT touching the root, and be sure to keep it wet until we can see you. This will keep the tooth alive so it can be successfully replanted. You can do this by putting it back into its socket, holding it between the cheeks and gums, or storing it in a container with milk or saltwater.
While a loose or dislodged dental restoration might not seem like a big deal, it’s still important to have it repaired ASAP before the exposed tooth develops any decay or damage. Until we’re able to see you, place the restoration back onto the tooth, and avoid chewing with it.
Fortunately, you can avoid the vast majority of dental emergencies just by:
The best way to minimize the cost of treating a dental emergency (other than avoiding one altogether) is to come see us as fast as you can. This will enable our team to minimize any damage to the smile while also stopping the pain. To make this kind of care more affordable, St. Albans Dental welcomes dental insurance and offers financing, and we even have our own In-House Savings Plan. Whatever your situation might be, taking care of a dental emergency quickly is always better than waiting for something to get worse, because it will likely require even more costly care to be fixed later!