Emergency Dentist – Odessa, TX
Get Immediate Dental Emergency Care
While it would be better if we could help our patients avoid dental emergencies altogether, these stressful, scary situations can be entirely unavoidable at times. When they do happen, already having a trusted dental practice in your corner can make a world of difference. At Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center, our dentists strive to treat patients with dental emergencies as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, don’t wait to contact our office, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
No matter what type of dental emergency you’re facing, one of the first steps you should take is calling our office. Not only can we get you scheduled with our first available appointment, but we can also provide advice specifically for your situation. In the meantime, here are some general tips for dealing with common dental emergencies until you can come in to our Terrell practice.
Try to floss around the affected tooth—just in case there is debris between your teeth causing discomfort. If pain persists, call us! Rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean, and use over-the-counter medication and cold compresses to manage any pain. In many cases, we may need to perform a root canal to alleviate your pain and remove tooth decay.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
If possible, locate the larger pieces of your tooth. We may be able to use them to salvage it. If the damage is too severe, we may need to extract the tooth entirely, but if this is the case, we can help you determine the right replacement option that will meet your needs.
Once you find the tooth, pick it up by the crown and avoid touching the root. If necessary, rinse it off with water, but do not scrub it or remove any tissue that may be still attached. Try to reposition the tooth into the socket and gently bite down to keep it place. If that’s not possible, store the tooth in salt water or milk. Get to our office within an hour to have the best chances of successful reimplantation.
Lost Filling or Crown
Unfortunately, dental restorations don’t last forever. If yours comes out, rinse your mouth with warm water and avoid using that side of your mouth for eating until you can come in. Use pain medication to help manage any discomfort, but avoid topical pain relievers because they can damage your tissues.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Here are some helpful tips for how to minimize your odds of experiencing a dental emergency:
- Remember to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning here at our Odessa, TX practice every six months! Many dental emergencies develop gradually over time, which means that our team can spot and treat the warning signs before they ever develop into a serious matter.
- Limit your exposure to foods that are overly sticky, chewy, or tough. This includes hard candy and popcorn kernels. Also, refrain from chewing on the ice in your drink and don’t chew on pencils as a habit.
- Always wear an oral appliance (preferably a custom-made one) if you regularly play sports with physical contact or suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding during sleep).
- Use scissors to open tricky packaging, not your teeth.
- Remember to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. These are necessary steps for getting rid of decay-causing food particles and plaque.
Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
How we approach and treat each dental emergency is unique, making estimating the cost for emergencies in general very difficult. Before we perform any treatment, we can review the costs associated with it, so that you have fewer surprises down the line. Our team members at Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center have worked with insurance for years and know how to maximize your plan’s benefits to your advantage. We also offer financing to make those out-of-pocket expenses much more manageable.