You can’t predict when an emergency will happen that’s part of what defines an emergency. And when you’re in the midst of one, in this case one that concerns your smile, knowing what you can do and who you can turn to can make a significant difference.
If you’re in the middle of a dental emergency right now, Drs. Mauck and Ricci want you to know that they can help. Call our Aurora dental office now with your concerns or questions. We would be happy to advise you on what your next step should be.
Drs. Mauck and Ricci can handle many dental emergencies at their Aurora office, but in some cases, a visit to your local emergency room may be more advisable. Below are some of the more common dental emergencies that patients face, and tips on what to do in each case.
If you have lost a tooth suddenly due to an injury or some other cause, your first step is to rinse the tooth gently with water. Then, if possible, place it back into the socket it came from and hold it there until Dr. Mauck and Dr. Ricci can see you. You can also store the tooth in a bag of milk. During your emergency dental visit, we will determine if reattachment is possible.
As with a knocked out tooth, the first thing to do it rinse the cracked or broken fragment of your tooth. Then, as you wait to see us, apply a cold compress to the affected area. This will help you reduce or prevent pain and swelling.
Though we offer single-visit crowns, maybe you have a temporary crown from your normal dentist and haven’t been able to get in touch with him or her. Give us a call. And in the meantime, you can temporarily manage the situation by reattaching the crown with a small dab of toothpaste, dental wax, or temporary adhesive.
Toothaches have more than one cause, some more pressing than others. If you’re experiencing pain, first try rinsing your mouth and flossing around the affected tooth. If that doesn’t do anything and your pain doesn’t subside over the next day, call us. Avoid putting aspirin directly on the tooth as this can damage your gum tissue.
If you are bleeding or think you might have broken your jaw, you may need to visit your emergency room. But if you have questions, call us and we would be happy to advise you.
When you face a dental emergency, it is unwise to delay getting treatment. We understand that you would rather go to your regular, trusted dentist when your tooth is in pain, but unless you can get home right away, it’s best to go to a dentist who is closer to you. A simple online search can help you find someone nearby who is qualified to handle the situation.
If you’re not sure if your circumstances require immediate attention, please feel free to give us a call. We’ll give you advice on what your next steps should be.
Many insurance plans have a waiting period before they’ll cover certain procedures, like crowns, fillings, or root canals. Even if your waiting period isn’t over, however, you should still seek treatment when your dental emergency occurs. We may be able to work with you to arrange an affordable payment plan.
If you don’t have any dental insurance, check with your regular health insurance provider. In some cases, they are willing to cover emergency dental visits.
Sometimes, there is no way to prevent a dental emergency — they can happen to anyone at any time. However, there are things you can do to minimize the chance that your teeth will end up in major and unexpected agony:
Unfortunately, some parents reason that if their child faces a severe dental problem, it isn’t a big deal because primary teeth fall out eventually anyway. However, the last thing you want is for your child to suffer unduly! Besides, failing to treat a child’s dental emergency may have long-term consequences, such as misalignment and infection.
When your little one complains about severe dental pain, try to identify the source of the problem. If it is nothing obvious (like an object stuck between the teeth that you can get out with floss), schedule a dental visit for them as soon as possible.
If you encounter a dental emergency when your dentist’s office is closed, you may be able to take steps to manage your discomfort until you can get in for an appointment. For example, a cold compress and some mild painkillers may be able to help. However, if there is serious damage to the jaw or the mouth’s soft tissue, or if a tooth gets knocked out altogether, it is often best to head to your local ER.