Whether a lingering toothache is starting to become a painful emergency, or you have broken a tooth—we are here when you need us. Our compassionate, affordable dental care will let you put your tooth woes behind you and get back to the important business of living your life!
Common Dental Emergencies
Sometimes it can be hard to tell what constitutes an emergency when it comes to your teeth. A good rule of thumb is to consider how much discomfort you are feeling. If you are experiencing a level of pain that interferes with your ability to maintain your usual routine, we definitely consider that an emergency.
If a dental problem prevents you from eating, sleeping, speaking, or working as you usually do, call us today and we’ll schedule an emergency appointment.
Toothache – This can be caused by a number of problems: food stuck between the teeth, a deep cavity, a loose filling, or a crack in your enamel. Whether the pain is intermittent, throbbing, or sensitive to hot and cold, a toothache should always warrant a call to the dentist.
If you are in severe pain, the sooner you make an appointment the greater the chances that we will be able to repair the tooth and avoid a painful infection or extraction. While you wait for your appointment, take over-the-counter painkillers as directed on the packaging, and apply an ice pack to the outside of the face. (Do not put ice directly on the tooth or gums.) If the pain is severe, you may wish to apply a small amount of eugenol (clove oil), which can be purchased at most drug stores. Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods as much as possible.
Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Tooth – If you have damaged a tooth by accidentally biting a fork, a popcorn kernel, or other hard object, try to hold onto the piece of tooth that has broken off (if applicable), and make an appointment to see us as soon as possible. A broken or cracked tooth can often be repaired with a dental crown or bonding treatment.
Damaged Dental Work – If your filling or dental crown has come loose or fallen out, try to replace the restoration. Use a small amount of dental cement (temporary dental repair kits can be found at drug stores) or a small piece of sugarless chewing gum. This will protect the tooth until we can repair the dental work at your appointment. If you cannot replace it, take care to avoid biting down on hard foods with the tooth, as this may damage the tooth or cause sensitivity.
A Tooth Knocked Out – A knocked-out tooth can sometimes be replaced in the socket, so always try to find the tooth! Do not clean the tooth, but rinse it gently in a cup of warm water and place it in a small container of milk or saliva. Call us to let us know your situation, and bring the tooth directly to our office. If we cannot “reattach” your tooth, we will explain your options for tooth replacement, such as a dental bridge or dental implant.
Prematurely lost baby teeth should not be replaced in an empty socket, as this can damage developing adult teeth. If your child has a tooth knocked out and does not seem to have any injury to the gum tissue, call us for a next-available appointment. In some cases, children should have prematurely lost baby teeth replaced, for proper speech development and chewing. If there is significant injury to the mouth, take your child to a hospital or emergency care facility immediately.
Worried About an Emergency in the Future?
Maybe you’re not experiencing an emergency at the moment, but you’re a little bit anxious about your teeth? Don’t worry; it’s perfectly normal to be concerned with the state of your teeth, especially if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while.
We know that dental costs can be expensive and patients without insurance can’t always fit preventive care into their budget. At Lake Lanier Smiles, our goal is to provide quality family dental care to hard working families at affordable prices. We offer special deals for patients without insurance and can help you figure out a way to finance your dental work. Contact our office today to talk with a member of our staff and we’ll get you back on the road to good oral health.