Your Arlington Emergency Dentist
When you or a family member is experiencing a dental emergency, it can mean the world to know you have a trusted dental team on your side who’s ready to help. At South Arlington Dental Care, we want to be that safe place for patients of all ages. Don’t wait to reach out – contact us right away so we can schedule an emergency appointment for you. If you’re calling off-hours or on a weekend, our 24/7 phone service will get you in touch with someone, and if you’re unable to reach our office right away, we provide guidance for how to manage your emergency situation until Dr. Prachi Shah can give you the relief you need through expert care.
So what constitutes a dental emergency? We trust your judgment in these situations, but if you’re unsure, here are some of the most common cases our Arlington, TX team treats:
- Partially Knocked Out Tooth
- Fully Knocked Out Tooth
- Cracked or Chipped tooth
- Fractured Tooth
- Painful toothache
- Knocked Out Filling or Crown
- Object Stuck Between Teeth
- Soft Tissue Injury
While many dental emergencies happen because of unavoidable circumstances, there are steps patients can take to protect their smiles. When participating in an athletic event, always wear a sportsguard. Don’t use your teeth to open difficult packaging. Rely on scissors instead. Take care to avoid particularly chewy or sticky foods, and resist the temptation to chew the ice from your drink, as this may cause damage.
Of course, there are some extremely dire situations where assistance from an emergency room is recommended. This includes heavy oral bleeding, facial swelling, and a severely damaged jaw that could be broken. Dr. Shah assists patients with treatment of any broken teeth after their initial recovery.
Time is of the essence in emergency situations, so don’t wait – contact our Arlington area practice today for help! We also welcome patients from Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, and beyond.
Frequently Asked Questions - Emergency Dentistry
At South Arlington Dental Care, your emergency dentist is ready to help when problems arise. Whether they’re due to poor oral health or traumatic injury, it’s important that you know we’re here to provide the level of care you need, especially when you need it most. But before you make it to our office, we want you to have the information and tools you need to handle the situation on your own. To do this, we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions about dental emergencies. Review them and feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.
How do I know if I’m having a dental emergency?
When trying to determine if the problem you’re experiencing is, in fact, a dental emergency, there are a few ways you can tell, such as you’re bleeding, experiencing swelling, or you’ve fractured, chipped, or broken a tooth. It’s always best to err on the side of caution when dealing with injuries as they related to your teeth, gums, or facial structure. These types of injuries do not heal on their own, so when they occur, it’s in your best interest to contact our office and alert us to the issue. We will be happy to walk you through the steps to take while at home as well as schedule an appointment.
What can I take to help with tooth pain?
Toothaches are one of the most annoying feelings. The throbbing and aching pain radiating through your mouth can make your neck and shoulders tense up and your head begins to hurt, too. Before we are able to see you in our office, there are a few things you can do to help with tooth pain at home, including:
- Gargling with salt and hot water mixture to reduce irritation and aching
- Using a cold compress or ice pack to reduce swelling and alleviate pain
- Gargling with hydrogen peroxide and water
- Using a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar to help with swelling and discomfort
How do I remove an object that’s stuck in my mouth or teeth?
The best way to remove something that is stuck in your mouth or between your teeth is with dental floss. The key is to carefully move the floss back and forth between your teeth to dislodge the object. If that doesn’t work, a water flosser might be able to help, as water is forcibly pushed through the device and sprayed into the area of the lodged item.
Remember, never use tools to remove a stuck item. Pliers, forks, knives, tweezers, or any other sharp object can do much more harm to your teeth and gums.
How long does a toothache last?
This answer mostly depends on what is causing the toothache. If your pain lasts longer than 1-2 days, you should seek treatment immediately. If there is something stuck between your teeth and you are able to dislodge it, you should experience relief almost immediately; however, if there is a more harmful underlying problem such as an infection, it is likely the pain will continue until treatment is administered.
Never underestimate a toothache. While you might think it will go away on its own, it may not, which is why timely care is important to protect your overall oral health.
Should I go to the emergency room?
This is a question asked by many patients who have experienced a dental emergency. A dental professional will be able to more effectively handle your situation and offer recommended treatment options; however, if you are suffering from continual bleeding, swelling, or a fractured or broken jaw, you should get to your local emergency room as soon as possible.
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