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.