If You Have a Dental Emergency, Give Us a Call Now.
Dental emergencies can be serious problems that require immediate attention. If you have a dental emergency or oral pain, don’t hesitate to call us immediately at:
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Common Dental Emergencies
If you have any of these dental emergencies, give us a call now:
A toothache that won’t go away can be an indicator of a more serious problem, such as an infection or severe damage. If your pain has lasted more than a few days, you should schedule an emergency appointment with your dentist right away. Prior to your visit, you should periodically rinse the site of your toothache with warm water and apply a cold compress to your cheek to manage pain and swelling.
If you’ve suffered from a chipped or broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to make sure you remove any broken fragments that could be a choking hazard. Try to save and collect any pieces you can. If you’re bleeding, hold a piece of gauze to the injury for at least 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Once the bleeding has stopped, apply a cold compress to your cheek to reduce pain and make arrangements to visit Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry as soon as possible.
Having a tooth knocked out requires emergency dental care. Prior to calling your Lakeway dentist, you should hold your tooth by the crown and rinse the root with water to try and stop any bleeding. Be careful not to remove tissue that may help reattach the tooth later. If the tooth has already been detached from the tissue, place it in a container with milk, and bring it to your dentist, preferably within an hour of the incident.
If your teeth are bleeding after suffering a damaged tooth, a knocked-out tooth, or any type of facial injury, call Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry. Despite first aid efforts to stop the bleeding, you should still seek emergency dental care to avoid further issues.
Broken Wires and Braces
Did a wire on your braces break or pop out of its bracket? If so, adjust it until it’s in a comfortable position where it’s not poking your cheek, gum, or tongue. Be careful not to break the wire, as it could become a choking hazard. If you’re not able to adjust the wire back, use a cotton ball to cover the wire and call Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry for an emergency dental appointment. We’ll fix any broken or loose wires on your braces right away.
An abscess is a type of infection that tends to appear near the root of a tooth or between the teeth and gums. If an abscess isn’t treated, it might spread beyond the mouth to other parts of the body. Symptoms include swelling on the gum that may look like a pimple. Though a saltwater solution can relieve some pain, it is strongly recommended you visit your dentist immediately to prevent spreading.
Lost Filling or Crown
If you’ve lost a filling or a crown, call our Austin office to schedule an emergency appointment. For a lost filling, you may use a sugarless piece of gum or dental cement as a temporary seal. For a fallen crown, you can use a dental adhesive to place it back over the tooth. If you’re unable to do so, store the crown in a sealed container to bring to your appointment. These solutions are only temporary, and you should seek emergency dental care as soon as possible.
Objects Jammed Between Teeth
If you have food particles or other objects jammed between your teeth, use floss to attempt to release the object. If you are unable to loosen the particles, call your emergency dentist and refrain from using sharp or pointed objects to try to remove the object. These may cause further damage and increase the likelihood of pain.
Soft-tissue injuries are those that damage the tongue, gums, cheeks, or lips and can result in pain or bleeding. If bleeding occurs, use a saline solution to rinse the area then hold a gauze pad to it until bleeding stops. If pain or swelling are present, hold a cold compress to the outside area closest to the pain. If bleeding and pain continue, call Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry for emergency dental care.
If you’ve suffered from a damaged tooth, dental bleeding, or cuts inside your mouth, you may be prone to infections, such as an abscess that can spread beyond the mouth. Emergency dental care should be sought out as soon as possible.
What Should You Do If You Have a Dental Emergency?
- Contact a dentist immediately: 512-961-5434
- Use a pain reliever that does not contain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can contribute to bleeding
- Save tooth and any tooth pieces, lightly rinsing with milk (water can damage the root)
- Use warm water to rinse your mouth
- If bleeding, gently apply pressure to the affected area (preferably with gauze)
- Apply a cold compress outside your mouth in case of swelling or other dental distress
- Do not put any painkiller (such as aspirin) directly on the gum as it may cause damage
- Although rinsing is recommended, do not scrub any pieces of tooth as this may result in loss of necessary tissue
Does Medicaid Cover Emergency Dental Services?
On certain services. Medicaid coverage includes the following dental services:
- Procedures to stop bleeding, control pain, and get rid of any immediate infection
- Treatments of any injury to the teeth, jaw, or other related structures
- Procedures that will prevent the immediate loss of teeth
Check with the dental office to see what insurance payment they take. Your dental office may offer a payment plan or other options to help you in your urgent time of need. There are many dental treatment services that dentists offer.