How to handle a DENTAL EMERGENCY!

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It's probably an inevitability. At some point during your life, you are going to have a dental emergency of some kind. Could be many different things, but it doesn't change the fact that it can disrupt your life. We are here to help you through those emergencies. We see dental emergencies on a daily basis and we will always work extremely hard to make sure we can fit you in the day you call.

Lets go over a few different kinds of dental emergencies so you can get an idea of what can be done to remedy them.

1. Toothache- This is everyone's worst case scenario. You've got a tooth that hurts and aches. For many different reasons, toothache pain is extremely demanding. It is usually an unremitting pain that probably doesn't respond very well to pain medicines. There could be a few different reasons why you could be having a toothache. The most likely candidate is deep decay into the nerve of the tooth. Bacteria from the decay and your oral environment get into the nerve. Since the nerve inside your tooth needs to be a sterile environment, this is bad. If you have a cavity and it has started to hurt, it usually means that this has happened and usually requires more than just a filling to remedy the pain. Usually a root canal is the treatment of choice for decay that goes into the nerve. If the decay is too bad, sometimes it can make a tooth un-restorable and have to be extracted. If you have a toothache, we will evaluate the tooth and review your options with you to help you make the choice that is right for you.

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Sometimes a tooth that has already had a root canal can get a toothache. If that is the case, it usually means the root canal has re-abscessed and will need either a root canal re-treatment or extraction. If this is the case, we will help you make the right decision!

2. Trauma- Whether it be from a fall or maybe a foreign object, trauma can occur to your mouth and teeth. This could mean a broken front tooth or a tooth that has been knocked loose, or maybe even a laceration in your mouth. If you've sustained trauma to your mouth or teeth, a thorough evaluation will be conducted to make sure and determine the extent of the injury. If its a chipped or fractured tooth, most of the time it can be easily restored!

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3. Broken tooth- I would classify this as different from trauma. A broken tooth usually is the result of normal chewing or function and is usually a back tooth. Sometimes a broken tooth can be very simple to repair with a filling. Sometimes we need to do a little more to restore it. Rarely, a tooth can break bad enough to render it un-restorable. A good examination will help us figure out the best path to proceed on.

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4. Everything else- This would be things like a dry socket after an extraction or wisdom tooth pain. Anything thats not a toothache, trauma or a broken tooth. These aberrations come up from time to time and they can usually be dealt with simply.

If you are having a toothache or sustained trauma or broke a tooth, please give us a call. We will do our absolute best to see you as quickly as possible and relieve your situation. Its what we are here for! If you are a patient of record, Dr. Austin's mobile phone number is given on our outgoing voicemail message after hours. Please call if you are having a dental emergency and he can help! We are always here to help our patients….you are the reason we exist!