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Emergency Dentistry – Fairfield, OH

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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!

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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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.

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Toothaches

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.

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Chipped/Broken Teeth

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.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

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.

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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

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In most cases, dental emergencies can be prevented by simply taking a few precautions. This includes:

Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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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.

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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Dental injuries can strike at a moment’s notice, making them potentially anxiety-inducing. Fortunately, being prepared ahead of time can help you get the fast, effective relief when you need it most. We know many of our patients prefer to do their research online, which is why we have answered a few of the most frequently asked questions we get from patients here. If you’d prefer to speak directly with our emergency dentist in Fairfield, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment!

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When Should I Go to the ER for a Dental Emergency?

From knocked-out teeth to painful toothaches, Dr. Dine is the professional to trust with your hurting smile. After all, he has over four decades of experience, and in that time, he has completed countless hours of advanced training on everything from root canals to extractions. With that being said, if your dental injury results in a life-threatening condition, like difficulty breathing or a broken jaw, then you should head to your local ER right away. Once you get the medical attention you need, contact our team for an urgent appointment.

How Can I Bring Down Facial Swelling?

Facial swelling is one of the most common symptoms associated with a dental emergency. Luckily, there are a few tactics you can use at home to reduce puffiness until you get to your appointment. To start, dissolve some salt in a cup of warm water. Stir the mixture and rinse with it repeatedly. Not only does this concoction at act as a natural disinfectant, but it can alleviate irritation as well. Next, place a cold compress or towel-wrapped icepack against the outside of your cheek for 10 minutes at a time.

Should I Be Worried If My Tooth Is Sensitive?

If you’ve struggled for years with dental sensitivity, but your teeth and gums are otherwise healthy, then there is likely no need to worry. Since the sharp sensation from consuming hot and cold products can be unpleasant, it’s best to indulge in them sparingly and use a special toothpaste to help fortify your enamel. However, if your tooth sensitivity began only recently, then it could be stemming from receding gums or eroding enamel. In this case, you should contact our office for an urgent appointment as soon as possible so we can intervene and prevent further damage from occurring.

What Items Should I Include in My Dental Emergency Kit?

A first-aid kit includes many items that can be helpful in a dental emergency, like gauze pads and OTC pain relievers. However, there are a few dental-related items that typically aren’t included, which is why adding them on your own is crucial. To start, here are six must-haves:

  • A dental mirror
  • Orajel
  • A container large enough to fit a tooth
  • Saline rinse solution
  • Floss
  • Ibuprofen

What If I’m Afraid of the Dentist?

If you struggle with dental-related anxiety, it is important to know that you can get the dental care you need without the stress. In addition to having a compassionate approach that helps make patients feel at ease, Dr. Dine also offers sedation dentistry, which keeps even the most intense nerves at bay. So, don’t hesitate to speak up if you need a little extra help feeling comfortable in the treatment chair.