Is somebody in your household feeling a lot of dental pain? Have they just been in an accident, or do they have a severe toothache? Taking the right action in the middle of a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth—do you know what to do? Fortunately for the people of Hillsboro, they only need to remember one thing: call Infinity Dental Care. Our team of experts is ready and able to accept emergency patients, and we can even schedule a same-day appointment so we can help someone get out of pain as fast as possible.
Whether you’re dealing with a broken/knocked out tooth or a bad toothache, you should definitely seek out professional care as soon as you can. This will allow our team to quickly take care of any pain as well as reduce the damage to the teeth. There are also a few things you can do in the time before you’re able to reach our dental office that will help you get control of the situation:
Start by rinsing and flossing around the tooth to remove anything that might be stuck. If this doesn’t fix the issue outright, an OTC medication and cold compress can help manage any discomfort as well. In the most extreme cases, root canal therapy may be the only way to stop the pain as well as save the tooth from extraction.
Rinse the mouth gently with warm water, and try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, storing them in a safe container. The remaining tooth may have a sharp edge that is irritating the mouth, and this should be covered with some sugarless gum or dental wax to prevent further injury. We’re often able to save even the most damaged teeth, but sometimes, one may have to be extracted.
Find the tooth, pick it up while NOT touching the root, and give it a quick rinse before trying to place it back into its socket. If this isn’t working, put it in a container with either some milk or saltwater—this will help keep the tooth alive and viable for replanting. You need to move fast in this situation, as we can only replant a tooth within an hour or so of it being dislodged.
Even though a lost filling/crown shouldn’t be a big cause of alarm, it’s still smart to come see us right away to have the tooth repaired so we can prevent it from developing any additional decay or damage. Recover the restoration, rinse it off, and try to place it back onto the tooth using a bit of toothpaste as a temporary adhesive.
While dental emergencies are not 100% preventable (just like any other), there are a few simple things you can do that will drastically lower your chances of needing to make a surprise trip to the dentist:
No two dental emergencies are exactly alike, and because of this, the price of treating one can vary quite a bit from patient to patient. One person might just need a prescription to deal with a minor infection, while another might require multiple teeth to be removed and replaced. Our treatment recommendations will be based on what will get a patient out of pain the fastest as well as what is needed to repair their smile. To help patients dealing with an unexpected dental expense, we accept most PPO dental insurance plans, and we offer flexible financing as well.
Being in the midst of a dental emergency can be stressful, but it’s important to stay calm and collected because acting fast is important. Whether your child broke a tooth or you’re having a severe toothache, at Infinity Dental Care, we offer the specialized care of a pediatric dentist at prosthodontist. Both Dr. Kalluri and Dr. Post understand the importance of providing high-quality emergency dental care that sets you up for a future of oral success despite experiencing dental trauma, which is why patients feel so comfortable in their care.
Unfortunately, dental offices aren’t equipped to handle certain urgent medical emergencies, which is why some patients may need to visit their local emergency room before coming to Infinity Dental Care. If you’re in a life-threatening situation or any of these symptoms, your ER should be the first stop you make:
Once you receive the immediate medical attention you need, our emergency dentist will work quickly to restore the health and appearance of your smile. So, be sure to contact us immediately after!
Many patients hear their emergency dentist say the words “root canal” and immediately panic. Although this treatment has a terrible reputation for being painful, it actually eases your discomfort and is a virtually pain-free process.
When the innermost portion of your tooth that contains thousands of nerves, called the pulp, becomes attacked by harmful oral bacteria, it leads to a tooth infection. The most common sign of this is a severe, throbbing toothache that won’t go away. At Infinity Dental Care, we preserve natural teeth by removing this infected pulp and restoring the structure of your damaged tooth with a dental crown. That way, you can keep your natural smile completely intact.
Sometimes, it’s easy to be too optimistic about an oral health problem being able to sort itself out because we don’t want to deal with the hassle of visiting the emergency dentist. However, this is not the best decision to make for your oral health. As much as we’d like to think that a severe toothache will just disappear on its own, it typically only gets worse, resulting in the need for more invasive and costly treatments. Your best bet is to contact our office as soon as you notice any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms so we can treat the issue before it spreads or becomes worse.
Because every situation and dental insurance plan varies so drastically, it’s impossible to estimate what case would or would not be covered by your benefits. The best way to find out is to contact your insurance company directly. Fortunately, at Infinity Dental Care, we’re an in-network provider with almost every major dental insurance plan, allowing us to maximize our patients’ coverage and help them leave with minimal or no out-of-pocket costs.