Emergencies and Pain Control
Pain & Swelling:
If you are experiencing pain and swelling, we do our absolute best to see you the same day. Call our office and we will arrange an emergency appointment to deal with the urgent situation. Because we have appointments already scheduled for each day, you may have to wait but we will see you to deal with the specific emergency.
A broken tooth with pain is definitely an emergency. A broken tooth without pain (maybe the tooth had a root canal, therefore, no pain. Maybe it is a small break, not deep enough to cause severe discomfort) is something that we will aim to have you seen if not the same day, then at least in a few days. We have a very good short notice cancellation list that we utilize to get people in sooner should an opening come up in the schedule.
A tooth has been knocked out of its socket (hockey, baseball bat etc)
Immediately remove foreign debris from the root (wash or lick it off) and reinsert the tooth back in the socket. Once in the socket, then give it a quick hard push and check to see if it appears to line up with the adjacent teeth. Note: At the time of the incident, the accident site is usually numb from the trauma, so you can normally push the tooth back in the socket with minimal discomfort. It is important to call our office ASAP should an accident like this happen.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I just go to my physician or the hospital?
Although for the most part, physicians can offer a band-aid fix such as a prescription, they are not equipped to solve the problem.
Will medicare cover dental emergencies ?
No, Medicare will not pay for dental treatment.
How should I prepare for my emergency visit?
If you are not a regular patient of our office, bring your dental insurance information along with an up to date list of medications.
Know your dental pain. Is it tender to pressure when biting; how does it respond to hot or cold; does it respond to Advil or painkillers; how long has it been bothering you, to what degree are you presently in pain (throbbing, dull and constant, off and on).