Many patients think they have to wait until regular office hours to get help during a dental emergency. At Smiles of Springfield, we offer same day emergency dentistry appointments for our patients of record during most dental emergencies. For new patients, we will do our utmost to provide appointments for urgent dental needs on the day they call. If we’re ever unable to see new or returning patients on the day they contact us, we’ll walk through first aid and pain management over the phone. If you ever feel that your dental emergency is life threatening, please proceed to your nearest emergency room or contact emergency services for help. Our team will be happy to work with emergency medical professionals to ensure the complete restoration of your smile once we’re sure your life is no longer at risk.
We urge you to contact our team even if you don’t think your situation will require immediate care. It’s always best to seek dental treatment right away to halt the advance of oral health concerns, so we can provide the most conservative and effective treatment options. Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include:
One of our team members will be happy to answer your questions and walk you through caring for your smile over the phone, during dental emergencies. However, some basics you can keep in mind include:
In most cases, dental emergencies are unavoidable. However, you can take some preventive steps to reduce your risk for unnecessary oral health emergencies. Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports where teeth may come in contact with other players, sports equipment, or hard surfaces to avoid potential trauma. Ask about nightguards if you experience nighttime teeth grinding or clenching known as bruxism. Discontinue biting habits like nail, ice, or pencil chewing. Perhaps the most important way to avoid oral health issues is to brush teeth twice a day and floss daily. You should also visit our caring dentist and team every six months for dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
No one ever expects a dental emergency, which is why Smiles in Springfield does everything that it can to help those who are experiencing severe dental issues and don’t know what to do. Below, we’ve included a few of the most common questions that we get from our patients regarding dental emergencies as well as our answers. If you have additional questions that are not listed, we’d be more than happy to help. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, give us a call right away!
When a tooth is knocked out, make sure to stay calm and focus on finding your tooth. Once you’ve found the tooth, pick it up by the crown portion only, making sure not to touch the root or any of the tissue still attached to the root. Use cool water to gently rinse off any dirt or debris, making sure that you do not remove any tissue. Then, rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water and place the tooth back into its socket. Gently bite down to set it in place. This will keep it preserved until you get to our office. Alternatively, you can keep the tooth in a container of milk, saltwater, saline solution, or saliva for up to one hour. Get to our office as soon as possible to improve your chances of reimplanting the tooth.
It depends. If your jaw is broken or you’re experiencing severe bleeding that does not stop, an emergency room will be better able to assist you. However, if your tooth is broken or missing, a restoration has been lost, or you experience tooth pain, you’re better off coming to our practice for care.
The best medication to take for tooth pain is ibuprofen, which is ideal for addressing inflammation. This is what often causes pain in teeth, which is why it’s often recommended by dentists. You can also take naproxen sodium, which is another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory. We ask that you avoid aspirin as it can easily cause a burning sensation if it comes into direct contact with your tooth.
If you are a new patient, we do our best to provide you with an appointment the very same day that the emergency occurs. In the event that we are not able to see you the same day, we’ll stay on the phone and provide first aid management over the phone. More often than not, we offer same-day emergency dentistry appointments for our patients of record, even if it’s outside of office hours.
If your face is swelling, either as a result of an oral injury or because of an infection inside your tooth, take a cold compress and wrap it in a cloth to avoid direct contact with your skin. Apply the compress to your face for about 10 minutes at a time. Then, remove the compress for an additional 10 minutes. Repeat this process for up to one hour to reduce swelling and discomfort.