Lincoln Family Dentists
for Emergency Dental Care
Sometimes accidents happen – teeth crack, you all of the sudden have tooth discomfort, your denture breaks, etc. No one is expecting for these things to happen, which means the likelihood of it is happening during regular business hours every time for every person is just unrealistic.
A toothache may start out minor, but quickly escalate as the day or evening progresses. It may be easy to put things off, but it is important to contact your dentist as soon as possible before the problem escalates. Lincoln Family Dentistry has an emergency dentist for Lincoln, Nebraska area. With an emergency number as well as extended and certain Saturday hours, we would be glad to help.
What to do in an emergency
What to do can vary somewhat on what the emergency is. We will discuss below and in the weeks to come, different dental emergencies, how to handle them, and what to expect from the potential treatment of that problem. Taking care of your teeth is of the utmost importance, so if you believe you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact your Lincoln Family Dentistry emergency dentist.
Types of dental emergencies:
Emergency Dental Care: Avulsed/knocked out teeth
Here are some steps to take:
Call our office.
The tooth should be picked up by the crown and rinsed in warm water. AVOID touching the root.
If you are able, place the tooth back in the socket – otherwise, tuck it into the pouch of your cheek.
The tooth needs to remain moist to prevent it from drying out, so if you are unable to put it back in your mouth, it can be placed in water, saliva, or milk instead.
- Get to our office safely and quickly.
Our priority will be to attempt to place the tooth in its natural socket. In some cases, the tooth will reattach, but if the inner parts of the tooth are seriously damaged, root canal therapy or discussing tooth replacement options might be necessary.
Emergency Dental Care for Lost Filling or Crown
Crowns and fillings typically come loose or are lost completely while eating. The tooth may then become sensitive to temperature changes as well as pressure. Decay beneath a crown is very often the cause of a crown becoming loose or coming off as the crown no longer fit because it changes the tooth’s shape.
To avoid further damage to the tooth and sensitivity if a crown has come off, make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Teeth can also shift if the crown has been out of the mouth for a long period. Place the crown in a safe, dry place and bring it with you to your appointment as re-cementing it may be a possibility in some cases.
When we are not immediately accessible, here are some steps to take:
To help alleviate discomfort, clove oil can be applied to the tooth.
Clean out the crown as good as you can and try to put it back on the tooth. The crown can be temporarily secured to the tooth with a little bit of toothpaste, or temporary dental cement that can be found at many pharmacies.
- If you have swallowed or lost the crown but the tooth is sensitive, some temporary dental cement can be placed over the top to help with sensitivity.
- DO NOT put any material not intended for dental use or glue on the tooth or crown to reattach it.
We will check the tooth for decay first. If none is present, the crown will be re-cemented if it still fits. Where there is decay, we will remove it, place a new filling, and then have a new crown made.
How the tooth can be repaired will depend on the severity of the fracture, crack, or break. If a crack goes to the root of the tooth, it may or may not be able to be retained. We may perform root canal therapy in an attempt to save the tooth. In the case of a complete break, options will be discussed for permanent solutions, however, if possible, the crown of the tooth may be affixed as a temporary solution.
Emergency Dental Care for Dislodged and Loose Teeth
When a tooth has been dislodged or loosened from its socket by trauma or decay, it might be possible to save it. If the tooth remains in the mouth still attached to the blood vessels and nerves, there is a good chance root canal therapy will not be necessary.
It is important to call our office for emergency dental care and to make an appointment. In the meantime, use a cold compress and over-the-counter medications to relieve discomfort. Your emergency dentist will reposition the tooth and add splints to stabilize it. If the tooth fails to heal, root canal therapy might be required.
If you have questions or concerns about Emergency Dental Care, please contact our office.
If you need emergency dental care or urgent dental care in or near Lincoln, NE, call us and we’ll try hard to fit you in, and take care of your emergency that same day.
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