Emergency Dentist – Garland, TX
Emergency Dentist Garland, TX
Do you have a Dental Emergency? are you Looking for an experienced Emergency Dentist in the Garland area? Perfect32 offers same-day appointments for Urgent needs.
What Is Emergency Dentistry, And When Is It Needed?
It’s Friday night football, and your son is the star. But even before the exciting half-time show, your focus is not on football or the band. All you can think about is what to do with the tooth that was in your son’s mouth just moments ago—right before the big tackle.
Here at Perfect 32 Family Dentistry in Garland, Texas, we understand the tremendous importance of keeping your natural teeth. We realize accidents can happen in life. That’s why we are available for same-day appointments for reliable, compassionate relief for any Dental Emergencies. No appointment is necessary.
Dr. Sakunthala Boppana has over 10 years of experience as a family practice dentist. She has successfully treated hundreds of dental emergencies.
There are several things a dentist considers an emergency. In this article, we will discuss what an emergency is and go over some helpful—and not-so-helpful—things you can do when faced with one.
What Constitutes An Emergency Dental Care Situation?
A Dental Emergency is anything that can lead to the loss of a natural tooth, severe pain, excessive bleeding, or a condition that could affect your oral or overall health.
Common Dental Emergencies Include:
Avulsed or lost tooth (teeth)
Fractured, broken, or chipped tooth (teeth)
Excessive bleeding, especially after oral surgery, such as an extraction
Severe infection (abscess)
Soft tissue damage
What Do I Do For A Dental Emergency?
The first thing to do is to take a deep breath. Don’t panic.
The most immediate attention should be given to a lost tooth. It is possible to save the tooth. Reimplantation is most successful when it occurs within two hours, so DON’T DELAY.
IMMEDIATELY follow these steps to ensure the best success:
Avoid touching the roots—only handle the tooth by the crown.
Keep the tooth and socket moist at all times, and try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root
Look closely. If not wholly intact, you want to find all the parts.
Do NOT rinse under running water, and do NOT scrape or rub it. If it is dirty, quickly rinse it in lukewarm water in a container.
Try to replace it in the socket. If necessary, use moistened gauze or paper towel and slowly, gently bite down.
Keep the tooth in place until you can see a dentist or emergency room physician.
If unable to get it back in place, IMMEDIATELY place the tooth between your gum and cheek or place it in a clean container with milk. If no milk is available, bathe it in your saliva.
Avoid putting aspirin on the affected tooth or gum tissue.
Seek IMMEDIATE care from a dentist or Emergency doctor. While other dental emergencies can be scary and painful, time to treatment is not as essential as a lost tooth needing reimplantation. If you are in the Garland, Texas, area, call our office at (469) 804-5677 to let us know you are coming so we can prepare for your arrival and treatment. Walk-ins are welcome.
Again, take a deep breath and relax. Panic and stress will not help. You can rest assured Dr. Boppana, and her team will treat you with kindness and sensitivity.
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Get Rid Of The Pain !!
Before you do anything else, see the below tips to know what NOT to do. (Hint: Avoid aspirin!)
To help alleviate complications and pain, follow these useful tips:
For a chipped or broken tooth (or teeth), swish and rinse with warm water to cleanse the area. Apply ice to keep the swelling down. For pain, try over-the-counter (OTC) Tylenol or ibuprofen.
If you experience a soft tissue injury, including lip or tongue bites, clean the area gently with warm water and apply ice. If needed, apply mild pressure for any bleeding. Take OTC medications for pain.
If you are suffering from a toothache or have something lodged in your mouth, swish and rinse first. Then, use dental floss to remove anything that could be caught between your teeth gently. Do NOT use any sharp instruments in your mouth. Ice and OTC medications can help alleviate your pain and swelling.
Upon arrival at your dentist’s office, be sure to divulge any home treatments or remedies you have initiated.
What Not To Do When Experiencing A Dental Emergency
The best advice is to ignore all the crazy recommendations on the internet. From a quick perusal of suggestions, it seems people will do just about anything to avoid the dentist. Even when experiencing tremendous pain.
The so-called “cures” abounding on the internet involve everything from ginger root and garlic to vinegar and peppermint. Even bologna makes the list. Bologna?
When considering the effects on your breath, peppermint would be suggested over garlic. But let’s be clear—these “medical advice” suggestions on the web are not true medical advice. Most do absolutely nothing to help you or your pain. And they certainly won’t cure the infection causing the pain or mend a broken tooth. And some of the online recommendations, such as the oldest “wife’s tale” that involves aspirin, actually do more harm than good.
Aspirin for tooth pain is a widely popular misconception, so I will repeat myself: Aspirin placed on a toothache is nothing but a bad idea. That’s right. It can burn your gums. All I can say here is—not helpful.
Ways To Avoid Seeing An Emergency Dentist
If you want to avoid an emergency appointment with your dentist, there are some definite preventative steps you can take.
Obviously, the best way to avoid a toothache from infection or abscess is to perform excellent home hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist can watch for signs of potential problems and halt them in their tracks before they become a problem.
You should brush twice daily, floss daily, and see your dentist every six months. Of course, there are times it is wise to brush and floss more often, especially if you partake in corn on the cob or chewy candy.
Outside of oral hygiene, there are several things you can do to protect your teeth from injury.
- When participating in sports, always wear a mouth guard.
- Never chew on hard candy, nuts, ice, or popcorn kernels.
- Do not use your teeth as tools, such as to break, cut, tear, or open objects.
- Avoid using your teeth to open bottle caps.
- Using Teeth as Wire Cutters or Scissors.
- Biting/Clipping Finger Nails
True story: A female patient had a chipped front tooth following some “helpful” advice in a parenting book. The book suggested “trimming” your child’s nails with your teeth if they don’t tolerate the nail clippers. An effective way to trim nails? Potentially, but mom paid the price in the end.
Frequently Asked Questions In Case Of Emergency
What really is considered a dental emergency?
Any dental condition that requires immediate attention, such as pain in the tooth or gums, bleeding, swelling, or a knocked-out tooth, is considered a dental emergency. Pay attention to Dental emergencies. See your emergency dentist in garland as soon as possible. Swift action can help save your tooth and minimize damage to other oral structures.
I have a chipped or broken tooth. Is that considered a dental emergency?
Yes. A chipped or broken tooth can not only cause excruciating pain and bleeding. Still, it may also cause bacterial infection if not immediately treated. A dental appointment should be the first thing to manage such an emergency.
Can I remove an object struck between teeth?
In general, brushing and flossing solve a majority of such issues. However, if you can’t still dislodge the object, don’t try to remove it using sharp objects. It may damage your teeth or even tear your gums, especially if you have a dental cap or crown. Book a dental appointment as soon as possible.
How can I get relief from my toothache before a dental appointment?
Use over-the-counter medicines for pain relief. However, don’t take other medications, such as antibiotics or painkillers, without consulting your dentist.
What should I do for a knocked-out tooth?
Firstly, pick up the tooth by holding its crown part and don’t touch the root. Secondly, drop the tooth in drinking water or whatever is available to you. Do not clean or scrub the tooth. Lastly, try to see an emergency dentist within half hour of the accident. In some cases, your dentist might be able to replant the knocked-out tooth, but with every passing minute, the chance of saving the tooth becomes slim.
I lost a tooth filling. How soon should I make an appointment?
It should be the first thing on your to-do list. For, the tooth that has lost the filling is weak and might break entirely or crack, causing pain and swelling. Don’t wait for that to happen. If you are already experiencing those, use OTC medicines and keep an ice pack over the area.
How to take care of a jaw fracture?
The best that you can do is apply pressure, preferably with an ice pack, and take oral pain medication. Do not try any other treatment, and see your dentist immediately. Your dentist will advise on the treatment plan.
What should I do when I have swelling?
Avoid using anything warm or hot. It might only worsen the situation. Use an ice pack to apply gentle pressure on the swelling, or place the bag over it if it is too painful to apply pressure. Oral pain medications may help for the time being, but book the next available appointment with your dentist for further treatment
Can I go to ER for a Dental emergency?
Yes. Although doctors in ER may not provide the actual treatment, ER will provide the primary management of your dental condition until you can see the dentist.
Looking For Same Day Garland Emergency Dentist?
Here at Perfect 32 Family Dentistry, we allow walk-ins and prioritize dental emergencies—although it is best to let us know you are on your way when possible—so we can help you with your pain as soon as possible.
Conveniently located near N Shiloh and Apollo Rd Intersection, we serve Garland, Richardson, Plano, and surrounding areas in Dallas and Collin counties. Contact our dental office online or call (469) 804-5677 for your appointment.