A dental emergency rarely happens when it’s convenient! You’re just going about your day, and suddenly, you’re dealing with a tremendous amount of dental pain because of an accident or a toothache that seemingly came out of nowhere. If you ever find yourself in need of urgent dental care, don’t panic — just call Dental Wellness of Lexington. We’ll let you know what to do over the phone, and if needed, we can schedule you for a same-day appointment so we can take care of your problem as quickly as possible.
Emergency Dentist – Lexington, KY
Same-Day Care When You’re in Pain
Why Choose Dental Wellness of Lexington for Emergency Dentistry?
- Team led by 3 accomplished dentists with decades of emergency experience
- Sedation dentistry used to relieve pain right away
- Same-day appointments available for emergency patients
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When your mouth is really hurting, it can be tough to think clearly. Many people in the middle of a dental emergency ask themselves the same question: “What should I do now?” Whether you’re dealing with a broken/knocked out tooth or a terrible toothache, the answer is the same: give us a call. Seeking out professional care is the best way to get fast relief as well as minimize any damage to the teeth. Before you’re able to reach our office, however, here are a few ways to help you gain control of any situation.
Is something stuck between the teeth? If so, gently rinse and floss around the hurting tooth to dislodge any debris that might be causing the pain. Otherwise, it’s OK to take an OTC pain reliever, and applying a cold compress to the face can help reduce any discomfort as well.
Gently rinse the mouth out with warm water, then try to find as many pieces of the tooth that you can, storing them in a safe container. The remaining tooth will likely have a jagged edge, and if it is causing irritation within the mouth, it can be covered with either a piece of sugarless gum or some dental wax.
Find the tooth, pick it up without touching the root, and rinse off any debris. Try to put it back into its socket, keeping it there by closing the mouth. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a safe container with either some milk or saltwater. You need to come see us as quickly as possible in this situation to give us the best chance of saving the tooth!
Pick up the restoration, give it a quick rinse, and try to place it back onto the tooth. If it won’t stay, a dab of toothpaste can act like a temporary adhesive. Avoid chewing with the tooth until you’re able to come see us for repair.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
It only takes a few simple habits to dramatically lower your chances of needing to make a sudden, unexpected dental visit:
- Regularly play sports? Make sure your teeth stay protected by wearing a mouthguard every time you hit the field, mat, or court.
- Like to munch on ice? DON’T. Chewing on extremely hard items can wear down your teeth and cause them to eventually crack.
- Having trouble opening a package? Before resorting to using your teeth, go grab the scissors. Your smile will thank you!
- Keep up with your oral hygiene routine at home and get semiannual checkups so small problems can be stopped before they turn into big ones.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can vary widely from person to person, meaning there is no single way to treat one. Because of this, the cost of urgent dental care can vary quite a bit depending on a patient’s specific situation. Sometimes, all that’s needed is a small filling, or we might have to remove and replace multiple teeth. We’ll base our treatment recommendations on what will get a patient out of pain the fastest. To help patients dealing with an unexpected dental expense, our practice is happy to accept dental insurance, and financing is easily accessible as well.