Dental emergencies can often be difficult to identify due to a lack of understanding about what actually qualifies as an emergency. Luckily, our team at Wright Smiles is always ready to help you take care of any dental issues that come your way. In today’s blog, your Southlake, TX, dentist will make it easier for you to identify a dental emergency, and explain how we will take care of your in our office.
Examples of Dental Emergencies
When trying to figure out if what you are experiencing is an emergency, one of the most important things you should keep in mind is that, if the dental issue you are experiencing will worsen if you do not take care of it soon, it is a dental emergency. Some examples include:
- Your permanent tooth falling out
- Your permanent tooth becoming loose
- Your gums becoming swollen, discolored, or painful
- Your tooth breaking
- Your tooth becoming chipped or cracked, or discolored or painful as a result of injury
- Getting a severe toothache, especially if it won’t go away
If you are having any of these issues, they are likely due to or could cause tooth decay or an infection, which means that you should not wait to take care of them- you should call Wright Smiles right away.
When You Call
When you call our office, you will be answered by our friendly staff who will not only schedule the soonest possible appointment for you, but will help you out with some tips for how to best handle your current situation. For example, if you are having significant pain, we might advise you to try using an ice pack in order to numb your face near the affected tooth, or to take painkillers if those often help you. If you have lost a tooth, or if any pieces of your tooth have broken off, you will be advised to bring all parts of it with you to your appointment, which can best be done in a container with milk or salt water.
When You Arrive
When your appointment comes, your dentist will take a look at your mouth to examine it for, in the case of an accident, all signs of trauma and, in any case, any signs of infection or tooth decay that could have led to your current issue. If the problem resulted only because of an impact, your tooth may be able to be restored using its original pieces through tooth bonding, or by using a dental crown. If it was caused by decay, root canal therapy or a tooth filling may be a fitting option. In any situation, we are ready and equipped to help you feel better as soon as possible.
Call Us Right Away!
Your Southlake, TX dentist’s office has experience working with patients who are struggling with dental pain. If you are growing concerned about a toothache, or experience any other kind of dental emergency, you should reach out to schedule an emergency appointment so that it does not get worse. For more information, contact Wright Smiles in Southlake, TX at (817) 481-7999.