Just like a good plumber, it’s smart to have an emergency dentist’s number in your phone, because when you need one, you usually need them right now. Should you or a loved one ever develop terrible dental pain due to a toothache or knocked out tooth, know that you can always call Dr. Christine Laster. She and our team are able to handle all types of dental emergencies, and same-day care is available so that Raleigh residents can get the relief they deserve without delay.
Whether you’re dealing with a toothache or broken/knocked out tooth because of an accident, the best thing you can do is give our dental office a call right away. Explain your situation over the phone, and our team will let you know exactly what to do and if you should come see us right away. However, if you’re unable to make it to our dental office immediately for any reason, the following tips will help you take control of some of the most common dental emergencies:
Start by rinsing and flossing around the hurting tooth. In many cases, minor dental pain is due to a piece of food simply being stuck between the teeth. If this doesn’t help, then the problem is likely more serious, and an OTC medication and/or cold compress can be used to provide temporary relief.
Apply a cold compress to the face as soon as possible to stop pain and reduce swelling, and try to recover as much of the tooth that you can. The remaining tooth will likely have a jagged edge that could cut the inside of the mouth, so make sure it’s covered either with some sugarless gum or dental wax.
Find the tooth if you can, rinse off any debris while AVOIDING the root, and attempt to place it back into its socket. If this isn’t working, it can also be stored between the cheek and gums or in a container with milk or saltwater. It’s important to keep the tooth wet to help it stay alive, and you need to see us as soon as possible so we can have the best chance of replanting it.
Even if you aren’t experiencing any pain, it’s smart to have a broken restoration repaired as quickly as possible to prevent any damage or decay from developing. Try to place it back onto the tooth, and avoid chewing with it until you can come see us.
Of course, we’d prefer that our patients avoid dental emergencies altogether, and the following tips will help you do exactly that:
Because every dental emergency is different, the cost of treating one always varies from patient to patient as well. One person might need a small filling to stop a toothache, while another may require multiple teeth to be removed and replaced. In any case, we know that emergency dental care is always an unexpected expense, so to make it more affordable, we’re happy to accept dental insurance and offer low-to-no interest financing so patients can get what they need without breaking the bank.
Accidents are never completely avoidable, which is why it’s important to always be prepared for the worst-case scenario. When you contact your emergency dentist in Raleigh right away, you can reduce your risk of developing additional problems that could have permanent effects on your oral health. In situations where time is of the essence, acting quickly and efficiently is key. That’s why we’ve collected some of the most common questions we get from our patients for your convenience.
Will my dental insurance cover an emergency visit?
Depending on what kind of coverage you have, everyone’s dental benefits vary. The best way to find out if a service will be paid for by your provider is to call them directly. Our team at Christine Laster, DDS will be more than happy to help you do this. We can also file claims electronically for you as well!
We believe that no patient should have to put off necessary treatment just because they can’t afford it. That’s why we offer additional low-interest financing options from CareCredit and Compassionate Financing. This way, you can make easy monthly payments without having to worry about throwing your budget out the window to pay for your treatment.
How can I tell if my toothache is an emergency?
Toothaches can be caused by problems as small as a popcorn kernel stuck between your teeth or as serious as an infection. So, it makes sense why you’re wondering when it’s time to turn to emergency dentistry in Raleigh. To make sure your pain isn’t being caused by a lodged piece of food, try gently brushing and flossing beforehand. If the pain still persists, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately so we can fit an appointment in the same day, if needed.
Toothaches caused by infections are important to treat immediately because they can spread and result in the need for serious treatment like a tooth extraction. When you call our office, one of our professionals will be with you every step of the way to make sure you’re comfortable and taken care of.
Should I visit the ER first?
For certain injuries that need immediate medical attention, you’ll need to visit your local emergency room first, then come to us afterward for any necessary dental work. Injuries such as facial trauma, jaw fractures, dislocations, serious cuts on your face or mouth, or any problems that affect your ability to breathe and swallow normally all require medical treatment first. Dental problems that aren’t life-threatening but still need timely treatment, like a damaged tooth, can be taken care of by an emergency dentist.
What’s considered a dental emergency?
Some patients are hesitant to seek help from an emergency dentist because they don’t want to make a huge fuss about a small issue. Plus, sometimes it can be hard to tell what needs immediate attention and what doesn’t. If you notice any kind of oral pain or discomfort paired with swelling or bleeding, contact your emergency dentist, Dr. Laster, immediately. If you’re ever in doubt, it’s best to schedule an appointment to keep a small issues from turning into something more severe down the road.