Dental injuries occur around the country every day, and while it might be easy to think that most of them occurring during sports, the truth is that the causes tend to be much more mundane. Indeed, a dental emergency can strike anyone at any time. Fortunately, if you’re in Lakeville or the surrounding areas, you always have somewhere you can go for emergency dental care: Southeastern Dental Care. We provide quick, compassionate treatment when you need it most. Request an appointment as soon as your emergency begins, and we will make room in our schedule to see you ASAP — possibly even on the same day you call.
There are essentially two types of dental emergencies: traumatic injuries, and longstanding dental problems that suddenly call a lot of attention to themselves. Dr. Bui and our team are more than capable of handling both types of situations. Before you get to us for your appointment, however, you may be able to take a few steps on your own to manage your pain and mitigate the damage to your oral health.
Taking over the counter pain relievers, as well as being careful with how you use the tooth, can keep your discomfort to a minimum. Depending on the cause of the toothache, root canal therapy may be the best way to end the pain and save your tooth from extraction.
Avoid using the tooth to chew. You can try to place a piece of sugar-free gum over its jagged edges to protect the soft tissues in your mouth. Depending on the extent of the damage, we might be able to repair your tooth, but extraction is also a possibility.
Pick up the tooth only by the top part, gently rinse it off, and attempt to put it back in its socket (or in a glass of milk or water). If you receive care within an hour of so of when the tooth gets dislodged, we may be able to splint it back into place.
Your tooth may be extra sensitive, so avoid chewing with it to the extent possible. You might be able to temporarily reattach a lost crown with a dab of toothpaste or denture adhesive. Our team might be able to permanently reattach your restoration, or we may need to provide you with a new one altogether.
You can greatly reduce the chance that you will need to visit an emergency dentist if you take a few simple precautions:
The cost of treating your dental emergency will depend on the nature of the situation. If you just need a prescription, your cost will likely be much less than if you require a major procedure. Our team will be upfront with you about pricing so you do not face any unpleasant surprises after your appointment. We will also help you explore how insurance and financing might help you manage the price of your treatment.