Emergency dentistry is not likely to be at the forefront of your mind, but when a dental emergency does occur, do you know what to do first? For many, it’s go to the emergency room. Unfortunately, many hospitals are not capable of treating your dental emergency. Saginaw Dental is more than prepared to not only get you out of discomfort but help you restore your smile and oral health to the fullest. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we’re here to help. Contact our dental office to speak with one of Dr. Renkuntla’s team members and schedule an appointment for emergency dentistry in Saginaw!
Dental emergencies typically come in two forms. This includes a long-term issue caused by tooth decay and dental disease or forced trauma caused by physical injury, usually from sports. Both issues can be treated at our dental office, however, you’ll need to call us first so we can schedule you for a visit. The sooner you do this, the more likely you’ll get seen the same day. Until then, here’s what you can do to stabilize your condition before you get to our dental office.
Use dental floss to remove potential food debris from between your teeth. If discomfort does not go away, take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen to reduce any pain. Until then, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you get to our dental office. We’ll perform detailed X-rays to confirm the source of the problem, whether it’s decay or an oral infection, then go from there.
Retain any pieces of tooth that you can and bring them to our dental office. Take ibuprofen and use a cold compress to reduce any swelling that may be present. Remove the compress every 10 minutes and reapply for up to an hour to prevent harming your skin. Depending on the damage, we will either place a dental crown to cover the tooth or extract it outright if it is not salvageable.
Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown. Avoid touching the root or removing any tissue still attached. After rinsing your mouth out and cleaning the tooth of all debris, place the tooth directly into your open socket. If it does not stay in your mouth, use either milk, saliva, or salt water to keep it preserved before getting to our dental office. We’ll do our best to reimplant the tooth, but you’ll need to arrive within the hour.
If you still have the crown, keep it and bring it to our dental office. If not, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. After rinsing the crown, you can temporarily reseat it using either denture adhesive, dental cement, petroleum jelly or sugar-free gum if nothing else is available. Our dental office will likely need to replace the crown, especially if you’ve had it for a long time.
Most dental emergencies can be effectively prevented when you practice daily oral care and maintain routine cleanings and checkups. With brushing, flossing, and professional care at our dental office, you can prevent most dental disease and oral infections. Of course, it’s also important to never use your teeth as a tool, wear protective gear when playing contact sports, and use caution when eating hard or chewy foods. Additionally, patients with bruxism must wear a nightguard to avoid enamel erosion while they sleep.
Keep in mind that the cost of treatment can be difficult to determine until we get a chance to examine your condition. For example, while minor tooth pain caused by decay may only require a thorough cleaning and a dental filling, more severe emergencies like cracked or avulsed teeth may require extraction, which comes with its own unique costs. During your visit, we’ll carefully examine your dental emergency and provide recommendations that best get you out of discomfort and restore your smile.