Emergency Dentistry – Portland, OR
Saving Smiles and Taking Away Pain
Dental emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere to anyone. When one occurs, it’s easy to feel stressed and not know what to do. Should you go to the emergency room? Should you call Dr. Teasdale at Advanced Dental Arts NW? Unless there’s bleeding that doesn’t stop even after 10 minutes or broken bones, your first call should be to our office. In fact, you should save our practice’s number in your phone right now. That way, when or if a dental emergency strikes, you’ll be ready to call us and get an appointment right away.
Why Choose Advanced Dental Arts NW for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Emergencies
- Compassionate Dental Team with Years of Experience
- Patients of All Ages Welcome
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Before you do anything, make sure to stay calm and assess the situation. In nearly every case, you’ll need to call us right away so that we can get you on the schedule as soon as possible. This phone call will also allow us to provide specific guidance for dealing with the emergency until you come in. Below are just some of the potential situations you may face and how to respond to increase the likelihood of successful treatment.
Before calling us, make sure you floss around the affected tooth to make sure no food or other debris is caught between your teeth and causing the problem. If the pain persists, give us a call! You may take over-the-counter pain medication, but don’t use topical aspirin because it can damage your gum tissue. In many cases, decay has reached the pulp, or inner chamber of the tooth, meaning that we may need to perform a root canal to save the tooth.
Try to locate and collect the pieces of your chipped or broken tooth and remember to bring them in to our office. To prevent cutting your mouth, you can apply sugarless gum or dental wax to the remaining tooth. We may be able to salvage your tooth using these pieces and tooth-colored composite resin. Otherwise, we may need to place a dental crown. If the damage is too severe, we may also need to consider extraction.
If a tooth comes out completely, you need to act quickly. Pick up the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root. Rinse the tooth and try to put it back into the socket. If that’s not possible, store it in milk, saliva, or saltwater to keep it moist. Come to our office within 30 minutes to increase the chances of successful re-implantation.
Although losing a filling or crown may not seem like an urgent problem, it can leave your tooth vulnerable to bacteria and infection. To prevent this, use a dab of toothpaste to reattach your restoration in place and try to avoid using that area of your mouth for chewing. This is only a temporary fix, and you should still try to come see us sooner rather than later.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Sometimes, dental emergencies can happen no matter what precautions you take. However, many can be avoided, especially if you do the following:
- Wear a mouthguard when you play sports or participate in potentially dangerous activities, such as skateboarding.
- Brush at least twice daily and floss once.
- Visit Dr. Teasdale for checkups and cleanings twice every year.
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth while asleep (i.e., if you have bruxism).
- Avoid using your teeth as a tool to open packaging or bottles.
- Don’t chew on hard things including ice, pencils or pens, fingernails, etc.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The list of potential dental emergencies is endless, and so are the ways that we can treat these situations. Therefore, the cost associated with treatment will vary from patient to patient. No matter what condition you arrive in, we’ll do what we can to alleviate your pain and get your smile back to full health and function. Our caring team members are happy to talk about ways that you can make treatment more affordable and fit comfortably into your budget.