Emergency Dentist In Garland Tx
Do you have a Dental Emergency? are you Looking for a experienced Emergency Dentist in 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—and life—happen. That’s why we are available for same-day appointments for reliable, compassionate relief for any Dental Emergency. No appointment 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 a 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 it 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 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 right away 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.
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 gently remove anything that could be caught between your teeth. 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.
At a minimum, you should brush twice daily, floss each day, 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 things like hard candy, hard 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 from 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. Effective way to trim nails? Potentially, but mom paid the price in the end.
!!!! YOUR TEETH ARE NOT TOOLS
Looking for Same Day Garland Emergency Dentist Near you?
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 today online or call (469) 804-5677 for your appointment.