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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Open for Dental Emergencies During COVID-19

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, our Austin, TX dental office is operating under limited hours for emergencies and non-elective procedures. The safety and health of our patients, our employees, and our community are our top priorities. We will let you know when we are once again able to provide our patients with the quality care and the safe environment that is a hallmark of our practice.

Rigby Advanced Dental adheres to the strict safety standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We have always been extremely mindful of our patients’ health and safety and will be even more vigilant in the future. Rest assured when we do welcome you back that our office and equipment will be thoroughly disinfected.

Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones

We encourage all of our patients to protect themselves and their families by following the recommendations from the CDC. For example:

  • Practice social distancing. Stay home as much as possible.
  • When it is necessary to go out, keep at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then dispose of it.
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Do not share dishes or utensils.
  • Get adequate rest and eat a healthy diet.
  • Take extra precautions if you are sick to reduce the spread of the disease.
  • Even if you feel healthy, be mindful of the health of others. Some people are asymptomatic when they have the disease and can unknowingly spread it to others.

Keep Brushing & Flossing!

We recognize that many of you are experiencing unprecedented upheavals and challenges in your daily lives and routines. Please take good care of your mental health as well as your physical health and your oral health. We encourage everyone to take some time for positive, uplifting activities to help relieve stress.

Emergency Dentist in Bee Caves, TX

Rigby Advanced Dental thanks you for your loyal patronage and regrets the inconvenience our temporary closure will cause to those with scheduled appointments and plans for smile improvements. Our team looks forward to welcoming you again to our office as soon as this crisis has passed. We are here answering phones so if you experience a dental emergency, call us at (512) 992-2822. We’ll get you in as soon as possible!

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When is an Emergency Tooth Extraction Necessary?

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With the exception of wisdom teeth removal, tooth extraction is not optimal. We want you to keep all of your teeth and we’re sure you do, too. That’s why it’s important to know the common causes of emergency tooth extractions. If you know what can lead to these urgent situations, you may be able to avoid them.

Severe Tooth Decay

Cavities, also known as dental caries, can cause you to have a tooth that is damaged to the point of no return. The first option would be to perform root canal therapy to clean the infected area within the tooth to try and save it. Emergency tooth extractions become necessary if the infection has spread too far. Therefore, to prevent tooth decay and cavities, dental hygiene is a must. Brush twice daily for two minutes each day and be sure to floss daily. Avoid foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Finally, be sure to visit the dentist twice yearly. We can screen for decay and infection, provide a thorough cleaning by a dental professional to remove plaque and tartar and stop problems in their tracks.

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma is when a tooth gets damaged or knocked out from the outside. This usually happens while playing sports, but can also happen during falls or accidents. If a tooth is damaged and is knocked out, you can try to reimplant it yourself. Rinse it with water and hold onto the crown part of the tooth. If the tooth is broken and the damage is severe, you may need an emergency extraction. If this happens, we’ll discuss tooth replacement options with you.

Dental Abscess

Dental abscess is when a tooth becomes infected and swells with pus from the inside. The problem is that sometimes you may not be aware you have an abscess. If it progresses and infection worsens, you will need to have your tooth removed quickly. Untreated abscesses can have serious health consequences. To prevent this from happening, always treat toothaches as a dental emergency. Call us as soon as you notice the problem. We can help.

Advanced Periodontal Disease

Advanced periodontal disease can cause the bones of the mouth to become severely damaged, leading to loose and lost teeth. If the problem becomes too advanced, you’ll need an emergency extraction. Taking care of teeth and gums is the way to prevent periodontal disease. Brushing, flossing, and using an anti-gingivitis mouthwash will all help. Let us know at your next appointment if you notice bleeding, swollen gums or loose teeth. This could be a sign of periodontitis.

Rigby Advanced Dental Cares About Your Smile

We hope to see you soon and not in an emergency situation! Call us if it’s time to schedule an appointment.

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