Emergency Care for Your Toothache
If you have a toothache and need emergency care, we are here to help. We understand that you cannot plan for when you will have a dental problem or when you might become uncomfortable. This is especially true when it comes to toothaches. Very often, we hear from patients who call after hours because they are suddenly dealing with discomfort. At times, this is caused by an accident; other times, it is due to cavities. Regardless, we can help when you need us the most.
EMERGENCY CARE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE
IIf someone gets a sudden toothache, there are steps to take at home before giving us a call. There is a possibility that the patient may have a piece of food between the teeth. If a patient has crooked teeth, then the chance of food sticking between teeth increases. Patients can start by rinsing out the mouth, brushing their teeth, and flossing on a regular basis. If there is anything between the teeth, then the patient needs to remove it as soon as possible. However, we treat plenty of patients with toothaches who need us to remove the bits of food or whatever is between the teeth.
We also suggest taking ibuprofen and placing a cold compress on the face for 15 minutes at a time. This will help to reduce any swelling one may have and also decrease the discomfort.
Patients might also have a toothache because of a cavity. It is common to develop tooth decay, and if an individual does not receive professional teeth cleanings on a regular basis, the chance of this only increases. We recommend that patients receive teeth cleanings at least twice a year so we can decrease the risk of future toothaches from a cavity. After all, preventing cavities is the best thing for one’s health. The good news is that cavities take some time to develop, so if a patient is receiving ongoing dental care, there is a good chance we will catch the cavity before it causes any discomfort.
DO NOT HESITATE TO SEEK EMERGENCYDENTAL CARE
If someone has a cavity, an infected tooth, gum disease, or a damaged tooth, we will schedule an immediate appointment. Upon arrival, we will conduct a physical examination and take X-rays to determine what is causing the problem. We will then numb the area that needs to be treated and provide emergencytreatment, so the patient can begin to feel better right away. If the patient has extensive damage, like a tooth that fell out, we can begin to address the problem by providing a temporary denture while the patient decides on the permanent solution.
If you need emergency care, you can call us at any time at (805) 454-1000. While we are open during normal business hours, we can also help you outside of them. That is the benefit of having a local dentist on speed dial. You can get the help you need, exactly when you need it.