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Emergency Dentist – Odessa, TX

Get Immediate Dental Emergency Care

Man holding jaw in painWhile 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

woman tooth painNo 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.

Toothache

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

woman toothache dentistIf 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.

Knocked-Out Tooth

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:

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Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

man smiling thumbs upHow 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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When you’re in the middle of a dental emergency, a million questions can come to your mind all at once. Well, we want to answer some of those questions for you right here. We hope this information will be beneficial if you or a loved one ever experiences a dental emergency. If you have other questions that aren’t discussed below, feel free to contact our office in Odessa.

Can I use over-the-counter medication to alleviate dental pain?

You can certainly take this kind of pain medication as directed to manage your discomfort until you are able to come in to our office. However, don’t follow the old wives’ tale of placing aspirin directly on your tooth. It actually can cause damage to your gum tissue. You can also use a cold compress to reduce any swelling and relieve some pain. Keep in mind that these are temporary remedies and that you need to visit us at Boyles General Dentistry to address the source of your dental pain.

Do I need to go to the ER for a dental emergency?

Most of the time, our office can handle treating your dental emergency. However, if you have any broken bones or if you have oral bleeding that doesn’t subside after 10 minutes, you should head to the ER before seeing us. You may have serious medical problems to address before we work on repairing your smile. You can still call our office so that we may be able to collaborate or coordinate your treatment with your physician.

Will I need a tooth extraction?

It depends. In general, we consider every viable treatment option before tooth extraction in order to save the natural tooth. However, if it is too decayed or damaged to support an artificial dental crown, we may need to remove the tooth entirely. If this occurs, we can offer you several tooth replacement options, so you won’t have to live long with an incomplete smile.

What happens if my toothache goes away?

There are cases in which a toothache is caused by something temporary and relatively harmless, such as stuck food debris between teeth or pressure from a sinus infection. If you find that your tooth pain goes away fairly quickly, you likely don’t need to come in, but still keep a close eye on the tooth just in case the pain returns. At your next checkup appointment, be sure tell us about your experience with tooth pain. If, however, the pain is severe and then subsides, you may still want to visit our office as soon as possible to see if something is damaging your tooth.

Do you offer sedation dentistry?

Absolutely! We want you to feel completely at ease when you come to visit our practice, even for unexpected emergency appointments. If you are experiencing high levels of anxiety, just let us know. We offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, allowing us to customize treatment to your needs.

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