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.