Emergency Dentistry – San Antonio, TX
Exceptional Care in Times of Crisis
At Laith Family Dentistry, our team of experts is ready when a crisis occurs. Whether it is a knocked-out tooth, lost crown or filling, severe toothache, or infection, Dr. Kadamani, our emergency dentist in San Antonio, can provide immediate care when you need it most. While knowing your trusted dental professional is ready to help should a problem occur, we strive to provide our patients with the tips and tools needed to not only prevent common dental emergencies but also handle them while waiting to see us. On this page, you will find valuable information designed to better prepare you should an injury or accident cause you to experience oral trauma. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Knowing what to do should face a common dental emergency is paramount. Taking the appropriate steps to alleviate pain and minimize bleeding and/or swelling will prove beneficial to your situation and keep your smile from enduring further trauma. In most cases, you can count on our dental team to treat the issue and restore your oral health, but if you experience facial trauma that results in a broken or fractured jaw, are unable to stop any bleeding after 15-20 minutes of applied pressure, or experience increased swelling, get to a local emergency room for immediate medical attention.
Although the primary teeth eventually fall out, they serve important roles while they are in place. They are necessary for your child’s development while also acting as placeholders for the adult teeth. Our office provides the care young smiles need to thrive. We monitor their oral health through all stages of development to create the foundation they need for a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile.
Toothaches come in all forms, and they can range from a minor ache to a more severe, pounding problem. If something is stuck between your teeth, use dental floss to remove it. However, if you discover the pain you’re experiencing is continuing to increase and is not the result of a lodged object, it may be a sign of infection. After calling our office to alert us of the situation, make sure to take an over-the-counter pain reliever and use a cold compress to reduce any swelling.
Should you accidentally chip or break a tooth, start by rinsing your mouth with warm water before retrieving the loose piece(s). You can bring these with you to your appointment. In the meantime, if you have any sharp or jagged edges that can easily irritate your soft tissues, use dental wax or sugarless gum to cover these areas and protect your lips, cheeks, gums, and tongue.
When a tooth is knocked out, you cannot afford to waste time. If you want to try and save the tooth, it is necessary that you see us immediately. First, you will need to retrieve the tooth by its crown and rinse off any debris (gently). You can either attempt to reinsert it into the socket or place it in a container of milk to keep the tooth moist. If you are unsuccessful or do not have access to milk, simply place the tooth between your cheek and gums.
Do not panic if your filling or dental crown fall out. It is not uncommon for this to happen as you age. Should this happen, rinse off the restoration and try to put it back into place. If you are unable, make sure to bring it with you to your appointment. While you wait at home, take an over-the-counter pain reliever to minimize any sensitivity you might feel, and try to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until the restoration can be put back into place.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Now that you know what to do when an emergency occurs, why not look for ways to prevent one from happening in the first place? Try the following tips to keep your smile injury-free:
- Maintain an optimal oral hygiene routine by brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing at least once before bed. You should also rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to flush away any residue left behind that brushing and flossing missed.
- Avoid eating hard, crunchy foods or chewing on inanimate objects (i.e., pens, pencils) or ice.
- Use tool instead of your teeth to open packages and containers.
- Wear a mouthguard while playing sports or a nightguard if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) at night.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Your dental injury might look very different from another patient’s, which is why there is no set price for treating these types of situations. Only until you can come in and see Dr. Kadamani for a consultation will you better understand how much your treatment will cost. If you have a minor toothache, you may only need antibiotics; however, if you’ve knocked out a tooth that cannot be saved, your expenses will be much higher because of the tooth replacement you will need (i.e., dental bridge, dentures, dental implants). No matter the reason for your dental emergency or proposed treatment plan, our team is here to help you navigate the financial side of oral healthcare and will be happy to file a claim with your insurance as well as help you enroll in flexible financing should you need a payment plan.