Emergency Dentist – Austin, TX
Reliving Pain & Putting the Smile on Your Face
At Parkfield Family Dental, your Austin emergency dentist and dentistry team are here to help whenever you need them most. In many cases, we’re able to fit you in to see us on the same day you call during a dental emergency. No matter what your emergency dentistry needs, our team of skilled professionals will be here to help you renew your oral health. Even if you’re not sure that it’s necessary for you to visit us right away for dental care, it’s important to contact us immediately, so we can start repairing your smile. The majority of oral health concerns will only become more serious without treatment, so don’t put off reaching out for our assistance during an emergency.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When you call our team during a dental emergency, we’ll be happy to walk you through at-home care and pain management over the phone. Below, you’ll find basic instructions for some of the most commonly treated dental emergencies.
In many cases, a toothache or dental sensitivity are indicators of a need for root canal therapy, cavity restoration, or other treatment options. Until you reach our dental office, take over the counter pain relievers as necessary to relieve discomfort. Use topical analgesics applied directly to a painful tooth to numb the area. If you’re experiencing swelling, inflammation, or bleeding, you may also want to use ice packs at 20-minute intervals. If possible, avoid eating until you reach our dental office, and if you do eat, avoid chewing with the damaged tooth. Brush and floss your teeth as usual but take care to avoid further irritating the tooth.
If a tooth has been chipped or broken, assess the situation carefully. If there’s bleeding, bite down on gauze or clean cloth to absorb blood flow. If there are sharp parts of the tooth that could damage soft tissue or surrounding teeth, be sure to cover the area. You can either bite down on gauze or cloth, or you can use an orthodontic wax to cover the sharp areas. You should also follow the instructions above for toothache as necessary to maintain comfort.
If an entire tooth has been knocked out, you should try to replace it in the vacated socket. If this isn’t possible, bite down on gauze or clean cloth to slow the bleeding and store the tooth in a container of milk or water until you reach our dental office. Then, follow the directions for toothaches to manage your discomfort until you reach our dental office.
If you’ve lost a dental filling, you will not likely be able to replace it. Follow the instructions above for a chipped or broken tooth. If you’ve lost a dental crown, replace it over the damaged tooth if possible. If you can’t replace the dental crown, store it in a safe container and bring it with you to your appointment. To handle pain or inflammation, follow the instructions for toothaches above.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Some dentistry emergencies cannot be prevented, but there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk for dental emergency, including:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes at a time, twice a day, using fluoridated toothpaste.
- Floss at least once each day.
- Visit our dental office two times each year for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
- Use a protective mouthguard during athletic events or practices and to protect teeth from nighttime grinding and clenching.
- Avoid using teeth as tools to open packages or crack nuts.
- Don’t chew on fingernails, ice, or other hard objects.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of dental emergency treatment will vary depending on the treatment you need to restore your smile. When you visit our office, we’ll start by relieving the pain. Then, we’ll walk you through all of your possible treatment options and the pricing of each before we start repairing your smile. Our knowledgeable team members will also process and file dental insurance claims to offset the price of emergency restorations. We also partner with third party financiers to offer low and no interest financing options to ensure the cost of your emergency dental treatment fits your budget.