Emergency Dentistry
in Allen

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is available to patients who have experienced a dental injury or accident, or are in severe dental pain and discomfort. The goal of emergency dental care is to get patients out of pain quickly and back to optimal oral health as soon as possible. Dentists will often leave openings in their schedules for same-day emergency appointments, and will sometimes be available after-hours and on weekends. Schedule an appointment today at West Allen Dental.

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Did you know…

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More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year in both children and adults.

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What to do in a dental emergency

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Stay Calm

An unexpected dental injury can be extremely painful, but it’s important not to panic. Nearly every dental issue has a solution and can be treated by a dentist. So don’t worry! We can help.

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Control Any Bleeding

If blood is present following an accident or injury, you can use sterile gauze and pressure to control the bleeding and seek professional help. The bleeding should slow within an hour.

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Reduce Swelling & Pain

Pain and swelling can be treated with an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Do not use aspirin as it thins the blood, prevents clotting and makes it difficult to control bleeding. Applying an ice pack to the cheek near the affected area can also help relieve pain and swelling.

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Call Us!

Give us a call as soon as you’ve regained control of your situation. We can help determine the severity of your dental injury, and get you in our office as soon as possible for prompt emergency care.

The importance of prompt emergency care

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Same-Day Dental Care

Same-day dental care ensures that you can resolve your dental emergency quickly and get the care you need from your dentist right away. Putting off treatment can put you at risk for more serious complications. For example, a broken tooth that could be easily treated with a dental crown might become infected and require a root canal if left untreated. Delaying treatment also forces you to deal with pain that you simply don’t need to live with. 

The sooner you see a dentist for your dental emergency, the sooner you’ll be on your way back to optimal dental health. We offer same-day care to ensure that you get the treatment you need when you need it.

After Hours Appointments

We offer after-hours appointments to patients who are experiencing serious dental emergencies. We understand that emergencies don’t just happen from 9 to 5, so we extend ourselves and our care to best help our patients in their times of need. If a dental emergency strikes beyond business hours, give us a call to schedule an after-hours appointment and get the help you need from our team.

Weekend Appointments

With weekend appointments, you don’t have to wait until Monday to get the dental care you need. We offer limited Saturday hours and appointments by request, which ensures that you can get emergency dental care ASAP, avoid common complications related to damaged teeth and get relief from your pain and discomfort. Call now for more information. 

Common Emergency Procedures

Depending on your issue, your dentist may suggest any number of treatments to get you back to normal. Dental crowns, for instance, are commonly used to treat broken, damaged, or seriously-decayed teeth. If you’ve been experiencing a severe or chronic toothache, an infection may be the culprit, and your dentist may recommend root canal therapy.

Other common procedures include tooth splinting, which is used to stabilize a loose or knocked-out tooth and allow it to heal. More rarely, tooth extractions may be required to remove seriously damaged teeth that cannot be treated with alternative methods of restorative care.

Did you know…

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Putting a knocked out tooth in milk, not water, can preserve the root while you head to your emergency appointment.

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Have questions about emergency dentistry? Find answers here.

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What should I do if I’ve knocked out a tooth?

First, recover your tooth. Grab it by the top (the crown) not the bottom (the root), as this will ensure you don’t damage the tooth further. You can rinse it with warm water, if necessary. Then, you’ll need to replace it in the socket or put it into a container of cold milk to keep it moist until you come in to see the dentist.

This is an extremely serious dental emergency, and your tooth must be replaced and splinted by your dentist within 1-2 hours to save it. Give us a call right away for immediate instructions, and come see our team ASAP to get the help you need now.

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What should I do if my dental work has fallen out?

To ensure we can treat the issue as soon as possible, give our office a call right away to schedule an emergency visit. If you can, place your dental appliance in a container or plastic bag and bring it with you when you come for your appointment.

When your dental appliance comes off, your teeth and gums are exposed to bacteria. This can trigger an infection and cause further issues to form. A loose, broken or missing dental appliance is a serious issue that warrants a same-day appointment. So, contact our team right away to schedule a visit.

What should I do about a severe toothache?

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A severe toothache that lasts 1-2 days or longer usually indicates a tooth infection, which can be a very serious dental emergency. You may need root canal therapy to restore your tooth or in some situations the tooth might need to be extracted.

Call us immediately to schedule an appointment. Until that appointment, you can use Orajel or a similar topical numbing product to numb the tooth or take over-the-counter pain relievers. Applying an ice pack may also help with your discomfort until you can get treatment for your condition.

What should I do about a chipped, broken or cracked tooth?

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Even if the damage seems minor, call us for a same-day emergency appointment. Sometimes it’s difficult to know the severity of a chip, break or crack without a professional dental exam. A broken or cracked tooth can easily become infected if it’s not treated quickly. This can cause further and unnecessary complications.

Call us and come see our team as soon as you can. The dentist will examine the tooth and determine the extent of the damage. From there, they can offer their best recommendations to repair and protect your smile.

What should I do about a loose tooth?

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A loose tooth after a dental injury is a serious emergency. Without proper care, the nerves supporting your tooth may die or the tooth may fall out of your mouth entirely. You need to call our team immediately for a same-day appointment.

Once you’ve scheduled your appointment, avoid touching the loose tooth with your tongue or fingers. The less you move it around, the better. Once you get to our office, the dentist will evaluate the tooth. The tooth might need to be stabilized by attaching it to the adjacent teeth. This allows it to heal and re-attach to your gums.

Did you know…

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If left untreated, a tooth infection can spread to other parts of your body.

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