Emergency Dentistry – Fairfield, OH
Got Dental Pain? Call Us Today!
When a dental emergency strikes, the last thing we want you to do is panic. While emergencies are generally uncommon, you shouldn’t have to tackle them on your own. Whether you have a long-term issue like dental decay that’s led to an infection or a physical injury that left your tooth cracked and exposed, Dr. Dine is ready to get you on a treatment plan that not only restores your smile and oral health, but gets you out of pain quickly. Call our dental office today the moment you believe something is wrong for emergency dentistry in Fairfield, OH!
Why Choose Andrew Dine, DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
- Works Hard to Get You Seen ASAP
- Calming Sedation for Anxious Patients
- High-Tech, Modern Dentistry in a Relaxing Dental Office
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When a dental emergency appears, it’s best to give our dental office a call first and foremost in a majority of situations. This way, we can provide guidance to you over the phone and get you scheduled for an appointment the same day. Until you do arrive, there are certain steps you can take depending on the emergency you’re experiencing to better improve your situation. These steps can be found in more detail below and should be reviewed following your call to our dental office.
Toothaches are generally a sign that you’re suffering from either decay or an oral infection. However, it’s also worth flossing your tooth to ensure no food debris is stuck and causing discomfort. If this doesn’t help, take an ibuprofen and call our dental office right away. From there, we’ll determine if a dental filling, crown, or root canal is needed.
Not only are cracked and broken teeth at risk of becoming infected, but the jagged portion of your tooth could cut the inside of your mouth without professional attention. Cover the tooth with dental cement if available, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth for now, take an ibuprofen, apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling, and get to our dental office right away.
When a tooth is knocked out, it needs to be brought to our dental office right away (within an hour) to be reimplanted effectively. If you cannot place the tooth back into your open socket to keep it preserved, you can also place it in a container of salt water or milk for the time being. Do not touch the root or remove any tissue still attached to the tooth.
Lost Filling / Crown
In most cases, a lost crown or filling will need to be replaced, especially if it is an older restoration. However, a crown can be temporarily reseated to a tooth using dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum (only as a last resort.) This is not considered to be a permanent solution and should only be done to keep the vulnerable tooth covered.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
In most cases, dental emergencies can be prevented by simply taking a few precautions. This includes:
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing at least once a day
- Maintaining routine exams and cleanings at our dental office
- Reducing your consumption of really hard or tough foods
- Never using your teeth as a tool or chewing on pens, pencils, or fingernails out of habit
- Wearing a mouthguard/nightguard if you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Treatment for a dental emergency will likely vary in cost depending on the severity and type of issue you’re experiencing. For example, tooth pain that only requires a cleaning and dental filling to address will generally cost more than needing a full-blown root canal. With that said, you should never put off your necessary care simply due to the cost as this can result in needing even more expensive dental care later. Not only do we have third-party options to make care affordable, but we are happy to offer a $49 special, which gets you an emergency exam and X-ray.