Emergency Dentist – Lewisville, TX
Quality Dental Care in Your Time of Need
Have you ever had a dental emergency occur? If not, consider yourself lucky. These traumatic events can turn a relaxing day into a disaster. While you never know when an emergency will occur, knowing what to do and who to call when one happens will give you the confidence to handle dental disaster. At Capehart Dental, we have numerous emergency dentistry services and are even open on Saturdays to give you the expert care that you need, when you need it.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies typically fall into one of two categories: infection that usually occurs from poor oral healthcare and sudden physical injury or trauma. If an emergency occurs, you should call us immediately. In the meantime, use these tips on how to handle common emergencies:
If your tooth starts hurting out of nowhere, chances are it’s an infection or decay that has developed over time. However, sometimes it’s as simple as removing a piece of food debris to make yourself more comfortable. If the pain persists, call our office. Dr. Christopher Capehart may need to perform a root canal to save your tooth and remove the infection or decay
Chipped or broken teeth can be painful because it exposes the sensitive inner portion of your tooth. If this occurs, use gauze to curb bleeding and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Once you make yourself more comfortable, contact our office. Dr. Capehart may be able to repair your tooth, but there is also a chance that it needs to be extracted if it’s too damaged.
A knocked-out tooth can be traumatic, but there’s a chance you can save it. Pick it up by the crown to avoid damaging the roots and then rinse it off. Try to put it back in your socket, holding it in place with your tongue until you can get to our office. If this isn’t possible, keep it moist in water or milk. The sooner you can see Dr. Capehart, the better your chances are of your tooth being successfully replanted.
If you lose a crown or filling, it’s important to protect the exposed part of your tooth. You can do this by using dental cement found at your local drugstore until you can come in to see us. We will provide you with a custom-made dental crown or tooth-colored fillings to restore your tooth back to its full health.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, dental emergencies can never be planned for completely. However, there are some steps that you can take to decrease your chances of an emergency occurring:
- Brush and floss your teeth daily.
- Visit our office for biannual checkups and cleanings.
- Use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash to strengthen your enamel.
- Avoid using your teeth for anything other than eating and speaking.
- Avoid poor lifestyle habits like regular smoking/tobacco use and alcohol consumption.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can greatly vary in their cost because of the many different types of treatments that they require. Some emergencies can be treated with simple antibiotics, while others may require restorations like dental crowns or bridges. Because of the many variables that contribute to price, it’s hard to give an estimate without examining your mouth. It’s important that you get the dental care that you need in a time of emergency, which is why our team will do everything possible to provide you with quality and affordable dentistry.