Dental Emergencies in Leander TX
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Dental Emergencies in Leander TX
Some situations will require immediate dental attention. But what’s considered to be a dental emergency? Below is a few examples of dental problems that should be treated immediately:
Other situations will still require dental attention, but can wait until regular opening hours.
5 of the Most Common Dental Emergencies
Toothaches can happen for many different reasons, but the two most common causes of toothaches are trauma and decay. Patients who are experiencing severe toothache pain should get in contact with our office as soon as possible. We will schedule an emergency visit and provide advice with regard to easing your pain in the meantime. We know how painful toothaches can be, and because of this, our main objective is to relieve that pain. We’ll get you into our office as soon as we can, and try to eliminate the cause of your pain so that you can get back to enjoying life, pain-free.
The first thing to do when you have a toothache is to call our office. Once you’ve scheduled your visit, you can take whichever pain-killer that’s safe and eases your discomfort. Try and keep the affected area clean by rinsing frequently with warm and salty water.
Broken or Cracked Tooth
If you have a tooth that’s cracked or broken, it’s important to have our dentist check the affected tooth and determine the best course of treatment. We’ll conduct a visual exam and take an x-ray of the area in order to fully evaluate your case.
The best treatment for dental trauma will vary according to how severe the damage is. Our team can quickly fix small chips and fractures with bonding material that’s tooth-colored. When repair needs to be done on a larger fracture, the dentist may select a dental crown so that the tooth’s look and function can be restored. A root canal treatment may also be required.
In some cases, our dentist will have no choice but to remove a tooth when it’s deeply cracked or extensively fractured, and then replace it with a dental implant.
Loose or Knocked-Out Teeth
Loose teeth that become lost or misplaced require treatment as quickly as possible. The sooner the dentist can reposition the teeth, the better the chance of saving them (ask our team about the time he re-implanted a tooth at a soccer game!). A knocked-out tooth needs to be treated right away.
If you find the knocked-out tooth, lift it by the crown, and place it in a container with milk. Ideally, you should arrive at the office within an hour of the time your tooth was knocked out. Don’t have milk? Use saline water (never tap water) or your own saliva. We can’t guarantee that your tooth will be saved, but we’ll see you immediately and do everything we can to preserve it.
*** Misplaced teeth and lost teeth are time-dependent.
A dental abscess is an acute infection. Abscesses can cause redness, swelling and pain. Usually localized at the tip of a tooth’s root, an abscess looks like a pimple on the gums. Patients that have abscesses may or may not feel pain. Those who do feel pain describe it as discomfort that comes and goes, or experience persistent throbbing pain in the affected area..
Abscesses occur as the result of bacterial infection. To treat this infection, our team will have to perform a root canal in the affected tooth. Should the infection be too severe, we might also prescribe antibiotics to take until it has subsided enough to treat.
Lost Crown or Filling
Although not very typical, sometimes dental crowns come off and fillings fall out. These situations require urgent attention for two reasons: both situations can compromise the look of your smile and general appearance, and it’s inconvenient to have the remaining tooth exposed for too long. This is because the inner tissues of the teeth are more vulnerable to decay than the enamel.
Should a dental crown fall off, bring it with you to the office. In several cases, the cap can be re-cemented to your tooth. On the other hand, fillings can’t be put back in, so you don’t have to bring these in. Our team will replace the lost filling with a new one. But, if the filling came off because of decay, we’ll re-evaluate your case and may consider placing a crown in order to strengthen the remaining tooth.
Crystal Lake Dental in Leander can help with dental emergencies
Nobody can be prepared for a dental emergency, and they usually occur at the most inconvenient times. The team at Crystal Lake will relieve your pain and help you return to normal life as quickly as possible. Please call us if you think you’re having a dental emergency in the North Austin area. We’re always here to help you!