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.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
A little knowledge goes a long way. You should make it a point to prepare yourself for dental emergencies by learning as much as you can, whether it’s what to do in the worst-scenario or simply making accidents less likely to happen. You can always bring any concerns to your emergency dentist in Lexington. In the meantime, we’ve provided the answers for a few questions commonly asked by our patients.
Is a Toothache Always an Emergency?
There are many reasons a toothache can occur; it can be as minor as a piece of food stuck where it shouldn’t be, or it could be as serious as a tooth infection that could eventually spread and affect other body parts.
If a toothache doesn’t hurt too much and goes away within 24 hours or is relieved by flossing, chances are it’s not serious. If, however, the pain is severe or lasts longer than a couple of days, you should call us for an appointment as soon as possible. Other worrisome symptoms include swollen or bleeding gums, a fever, and a bad taste in the mouth.
My Child’s Baby Tooth Was Knocked Out; Is It an Emergency?
If a baby tooth is knocked out because of an injury, there’s usually not any reason to panic, but you will need to see the dentist in Lexington as soon as possible. Depending on the location of the lost tooth and the age of your child, we may need to perform X-rays to make sure the permanent tooth underneath wasn’t damaged.
With older children, sometimes the result will be no different than if the tooth had been allowed to fall out as a matter of course; younger children, on the other hand, might need additional attention to avoid problems with their dental development.
What If a Missing Tooth Isn’t Replanted?
A missing tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to move out of place. Not only can this affect your bite, but it’ll make it harder to brush effectively. The jawbone will start to deteriorate, causing your gums to recede and leaving the tooth roots more vulnerable to bacteria. Effectively, a gap in your mouth could greatly increase your chance of cavities and gum disease – which can ultimately lead to more tooth loss.
We’ll do our best to replant your tooth, but this won’t be possible in every situation; other times we’ll need to discuss replacement options. Dental implants can be a good option for keeping the mouth healthy and functional.
Will I Need to Go to the Emergency Room?
The doctors at the emergency room most likely won’t be able to fix broken teeth or replaced knocked out teeth. They can provide antibiotics for toothaches, but this won’t fix the overall problem. Only a dentist can provide comprehensive dental care.
That said, there are situations where you’ll need to go to a hospital for a dental emergency, such as when there’s excessive bleeding or other life-threatening issues. If your jaw has been fractured or dislocated, if there’s severe cuts on your face or mouth, or if a dental issue is making it hard to breathe or swallow, get to a hospital emergency room right away.