Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and many conditions require immediate treatment. Whether you experience a sudden injury or have an untreated toothache or dental infection, emergency dental services are available at Smile Designers to address a range of serious dental issues before they get worse.
Most dental emergencies are the result of an injury, but not all. Severe tooth pain, failed dental restorations, and advanced infections should also be treated immediately. Examples of dental emergencies include:
Whether your emergency dental appointment is in a few hours or the next day, there are several things you can do to alleviate pain and prevent further damage in the meantime. For toothaches, use a cold compress to lessen swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers combined with topical clove oil can help with discomfort. Knocked-out teeth can be re-inserted in the socket or stored in milk, and broken restorations such as crowns or bridges can be temporarily held in place with denture adhesive or sugar-free gum. For broken or cracked teeth, save the pieces to store in milk, and bite down on gauze to slow any bleeding. If you have an abscess on the gums, rinsing with salt water can help with inflammation, while cold compresses and painkillers can alleviate pain and discomfort.
The treatment available for dental emergencies will depend on the severity of the condition, but many conditions can be treated the same day. For example:
At Smile Designers, we’re serious about the safety of our patients and staff. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken special measures to ensure proper sanitation and protection including:
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, waiting for treatment can cause unnecessary pain, discomfort, and possibly further damage to your oral health. Call Smile Designers at (619) 222-6000 to schedule an emergency dental appointment right away.