Emergency Dental Care in Austin
Relieve the Pain & Put the Smile Back 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. 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.
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.
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 the most common dental emergencies.
In many cases, toothaches and 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 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 a 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 mouth guard 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.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Chances are you don’t experience dental emergencies very often. In fact, you may have never experienced a dental emergency before, but that’s okay. We want to answer whatever questions you might have, which is why we encourage you to call our office when you need guidance. However, if you have other general questions about dental emergencies, you can always take a look at the most frequent questions we hear, which are listed below (along with our detailed answers!)
Is a minimally chipped tooth with no pain considered a dental emergency?
When a tooth is chipped, you should still call our office so we can provide guidance on what you should do next. However, there are some instances where a tooth is only cosmetically chipped, meaning you don’t necessarily have to see us immediately for treatment. For example, if you notice a small chip in your tooth after biting into hard food and there is no pain present, it can wait until normal business hours to be treated. However, if a fracture occurs and it extends below the gum line, call our office immediately.
What is the best treatment for tooth pain?
There are many ways to alleviate dental discomfort. Start by taking over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You can also rinse your mouth out with warm salt water by combining 1/2 teaspoon of salt and eight ounces (one cup) of warm water. Furthermore, you can apply a cold compress to your mouth for 10 minutes at a time, then remove for an additional 10 minutes. You should only repeat this process for up to one hour. There are also natural remedies to consider, such as clove oil. Applying a small amount of clove oil to a cotton ball and dabbing it on the tooth and gum tissue can work to numb tooth pain.
Can I remove a tooth on my own?
The only time you should be removing a tooth is if it’s a baby tooth that is on its way out already. Only a medical professional can safely and effectively remove a tooth without any complications occurring. The last thing we want is for you to damage your existing gum tissue, crack the tooth while it’s still in your mouth, or cause damage to your nearby teeth.
Does tooth pain mean I need a root canal?
Not necessarily. When tooth pain appears, it’s typically because decay has breached the thick outer layer of enamel and reached the inner area of the tooth where the pulp lies. This area is full of soft tissue and nerve endings, which transmit pain signals to the brain. In some cases, tooth pain could simply mean decay has developed and a filling or crown is needed. However, if you notice a fever, oral abscess, or severe darkening of the tooth, a root canal may be needed.
What’s the best way to be prepared for a dental emergency?
It’s always better to be prepared, which is why we recommend keeping a dental emergency kit in your house and/or in your car at all times. This kit may include painkillers, cotton balls, dental mirrors, dental wax and cement, temporary filling material, nitrile gloves (in case someone in your family is allergic to latex), oral analgesic gel, floss, hydrogen peroxide, clove oil, small containers, and salt.
If you have any other questions or are looking for emergency dental care in Austin, call us at (512) 213-6778 today!