Emergency Dentist – Albuquerque, NM
Got a Dental Emergency? Don’t Wait!
When you’re busy running to catch the bus during your work commute or enjoying time outside with the family, the last thing on your mind is a dental emergency ruining your day. But when a tooth gets fractured or knocked-out, it can really make you slam the brakes. When a dental emergency happens, what do you do? ABQ Wholistic Dentistry wants to put you at ease when a tooth fractures, gets knocked-out or experiences trauma in another way. With our services, you’ll get your emergency handled and have it done in an incredibly comfortable dental office. Call us today!
Why Choose ABQ Wholistic Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?
- Sedation Dentistry Available
- State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Equipment
- Spa-Like Amenities for Improved Comfort
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When a patient comes into the dental office with a dental emergency, it typically falls into one of two categories. The first is physical trauma, such as a bad fall or sports injury. The other form is a “toothache” typically caused by decay or an oral infection, depending on the symptoms. Regardless of the type of emergency you’re experiencing, there are ways to curb discomfort and stabilize your condition before you get to our dental office. Just make sure to contact us first in order to schedule your emergency appointment!
Start by using floss to remove any potential food debris that could be applying pressure to your tooth. If the pain persists after flossing and rinsing your mouth, schedule an appointment with ABQ Wholistic Dentistry! Until you arrive, take painkillers but be careful if taking aspirin. Aspirin can result in a burning sensation if it makes direct contact with your damaged tooth, so use ibuprofen or an alternative OTC if available.
Keep any pieces of the tooth that you collect so you can bring them to our dental office. If your face begins to swell up, use a cold compress to control it. If the tooth carries any jagged edges, use sugarless gum or dental wax to temporarily cover it. This will prevent you from accidentally cutting your inner cheeks, lip and tongue.
The most important step to take when a tooth is knocked out is to stay calm. Search for the tooth and pick it up by the crown portion. After gently rinsing the tooth, making sure not to remove any excess tissue still attached, rinse your mouth and attempt to place the tooth back into the socket. Try to accomplish this within one hour when implantation is still possible. If the placement does not work, keep the tooth in a container of milk to keep it moist and visit our dental office right away.
If you still have the restoration, you can purchase dental cement or denture adhesive in order to reattach the crown. While a lost crown or filling may not technically be as much of an emergency as the other situations above, you don’t want your tooth exposed to bacteria or unpleasant pressure for an extended period of time. Regardless of what you do, always contact our dental office so we can schedule your repair or replacement restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Most dental emergencies are preventable if you practice these simple tips:
- Make sure to keep up with daily oral care. This should include brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
- Visit our dental office for routine checkups and cleanings. These alone help us catch many issues before they become true dental emergencies.
- Avoid chewing ice cubes. Additionally, always chew tough or chewy foods with caution as they can easily crack or unseat restorations.
- Wear a sportsguard when playing contact sports like football, basketball, and hockey.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Determining cost without an appointment can be difficult, as all dental emergencies are unique. If you have an oral infection, prescription medication may be all that’s needed to effectively treat it. In comparison, a knocked-out tooth or damaged restoration will require more time and therefore cost more to treat with the proper care. Dr. Giron will perform a thorough examination, which may or may not include X-rays, in order to best determine your needs, and all cost information will be provided in a clear, transparent manner before further treatment is scheduled If you fear going to the dentist, you can easily take advantage of our sedation options to make treatment more comfortable without allowing your emergency to worsen.