When to See a Dentist During an Emergency

If you experience a dental emergency you are almost always better off seeing a dentist instead of visiting a hospital emergency room. Why? For one thing, hospitals are not equipped to handle dental emergencies. Unless you experience some other trauma as well that requires immediate medical attention, save your money and head straight to Rigby Advanced Dental. Here’s a list of some of the things that are considered dental emergencies that we can take care of for you in our Austin, TX office.

1. Knocked-Out Tooth

This type of tooth damage requires immediate action. First you should try and retrieve the knocked out tooth. Pick it up carefully by the crown and thoroughly rinse it clean. Reinsert it into the tooth socket if at all possible. Gently bite down on a piece of gauze to hold it in place. Give us a call and head to our office as soon as possible. If reinserting the tooth is not feasible, then transport the tooth to our office in a container of milk.

2. Broken Tooth

Locate the fragments of broken tooth, rinse them off with water and bring them to the office in a container of milk. Contact us immediately and come right in.

3. Cracked Tooth

Depending on the circumstance, a cracked tooth may or may not require same day care. Call our office and we’ll give you instructions. We’ll see you promptly but in the meantime, rinse your mouth periodically with ½ c. warm water and ½ t. salt to keep the area clean and ward off infection.

4. Toothache

Tooth pain might require emergency treatment depending on the severity and duration. Always contact our office right away for guidance. Infection is probably the cause of your pain if you have an abscess (a bump or pocket filled with pus) or if you have a fever. We’ll want to see you right away so the infection doesn’t get out of hand and create a more serious problem. Other potential culprits are wisdom teeth or discomfort caused by something lodged between your teeth. Try gently flossing the sensitive area and rinse with warm saltwater. Whatever the cause of your tooth pain we’ll want to get you into the office promptly to clear up the pain and identify its source.

5. Bleeding Gums

This is often a sign of periodontal disease. It usually does not require immediate attention but it’s hard to self-diagnose so call and talk to our office. We’ll want to see you soon because gum disease is much easier to treat if it’s caught in the early stages.

6. Lost Filling, Broken Crown or Damaged Denture

Lost or damaged fillings or restorations are definitely inconvenient but usually the health of a tooth is not at risk. Call us and we’ll see you promptly so we can alleviate your discomfort and avoid the chance of further decay or infection. Dr. Mike Shalaby and Dr. Mark Shalaby are both experienced at restoring smiles and offer many options to repair damage caused by dental emergencies.

Emergency Dental Care at Rigby Advanced Dental

Prevention can keep some dental emergencies at bay. Regular dental checkups and good personal oral habits go a long way to preventing situations that require emergency care. Another thing we recommend are custom athletic mouthguards since the main cause of tooth damage for everyone is sports related. Don’t wait to take care of an urgent dental concern. Our Bee Cave, TX office remains open to handle dental emergencies and issues that require prompt attention. We are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of disease. Calls to our number (512)992-2822 are answered promptly.

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