In an emergency, your first instinct might be to head straight to the emergency room, but this actually isn’t the best decision if the situation concerns your teeth. At the ER, most dental patients spend hours in the waiting room before being seen by someone with little to no dental training. Instead, should you ever require urgent attention, just call 333 Dental Care. We’ll provide the professional treatment you need without the wait--in fact, we’re often able to schedule same-day appointments for our emergency patients!
Emergency Dentistry – Mangum, OK
The Immediate Care Mangum Needs
Why Choose Us for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-day appointments available for most emergency patients
- Hometown dentist with 20+ years of experience
- Sedation dentistry available
How to Handle Emergencies
There are two main types of dental emergencies – ones that occur suddenly, like a broken or knocked-out tooth, and those that develop slowly over time, such as a toothache. In either case, the best thing to do is call our dental office as soon as possible. Otherwise, any pain or damage will only become worse. After you contact us and before you can reach our dental office, however, there are a few things you can do on your own to help manage any dental emergency:
Dull, persistent dental pain can often stem from a piece of food being stuck between the gums, so start by rinsing and flossing around the tooth. If this doesn’t help, or if the pain is severe, a cavity or crack in the enamel might be the problem. An OTC pain-reliever and cold compress can provide temporary relief until we can see you.
Place a cold compress on the same side of the face as the broken tooth to help reduce any swelling. If the remaining tooth has a jagged edge, put a piece of sugarless gum or dental wax over it to prevent it from scratching the inside of the mouth.
It is possible to successfully replant a fully knocked-out tooth, but we can only do it if we see you within an hour or so of the initial accident. Call us immediately, recover the tooth, rinse it off, and try to place it back into its socket. If this doesn’t work, store it either in your cheek pocket or a container of milk, as the tooth MUST remain wet to keep it alive.
Lost Filling / Crown
If the newly exposed tooth is experiencing any pain, an OTC pain-reliever can help, and you should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until we can repair it. If possible, find the restoration, rinse off any debris, and try to place it back onto the tooth. If it won’t stay, a bit of toothpaste can help secure it.
How to Prevent Emergencies
- Do you ever participate in sports? If so, make sure you wear a mouthguard every time you hit the field, mat, or court. Sports-related accidents are one of the biggest causes of dental injuries!
- Grab the scissors—don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages or bottles.
- Avoid chewing on hard items like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Brush and floss your teeth every day to keep them strong and free of infection.
- Visit 333 Dental Care for routine checkups and cleanings—we can catch and treat a small problem before it turns into an emergency later!
Cost of Treating Emergencies
Sometimes, we can treat a dental emergency with just a small filling, or we might have to extract and replace the tooth. In other words, there is no set price for emergency dental care, and should you ever come to see us with an urgent problem, we’ll quickly go over your options before beginning treatment. If you’re concerned about any out-of-pocket costs, our dental office offers low-to-no interest financing through CareCredit.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Have you never experienced a dental emergency before? There’s no reason for you to go through it alone. Our dentists are highly trained to manage and treat many different types of dental emergencies. If you have questions ahead of your emergency appointment, we encourage you to give a handful of the most common questions we hear at the office a read. In the event that you believe you may be having a dental emergency, call us as soon as possible.
Should I always visit an emergency dentist first?
In most situations, a dental emergency is best handled by dentists and a team of dental professionals that know how to get you out of discomfort quickly. They also know how to find the root cause of your dental emergency and prevent it from worsening and happening again. An emergency room is unlikely to be able to help you with either of these concerns. However, if you are currently experiencing oral bleeding that does not stop or you believe your jaw is broken, head to the emergency room first, then our dental office after you have stabilized.
What if I have dental anxiety?
Quite often, people with dental anxiety tend to avoid going to the dentist regularly, allowing underlying issues to develop and turn into dental emergencies. This is precisely why we offer sedation dentistry at the office to help those dealing with dental anxiety, nervousness, or phobia and get the treatments they need to protect and restore their oral health. If you find it difficult to complete dental care, you can take advantage of nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation at our office. Both of these options are designed for varying degrees of anxiety.
What’s the best way to help tooth pain?
One of the most common over-the-counter painkillers, ibuprofen, is quite effective at managing dental discomfort ahead of an emergency dental appointment. However, it should not be used as a replacement for a visit to our office, especially since dental pain rarely goes away on its own. Alternatively, you can rinse your mouth out with a saltwater mixture or hydrogen peroxide rinse. At the end of the day, the only way to prevent long-term tooth pain is to get a professional exam and treatment from a dentist.
Are knocked-out baby teeth considered a dental emergency?
While most people assume that if a baby tooth comes out, it’s normal. However, it is possible for baby teeth to fall out too soon, either due to physical trauma or tooth decay that caused the tooth to rot. When baby teeth come out sooner than they are supposed to, it can cause permanent teeth to erupt out of the jaw before they have fully developed. For this reason, you should call our office if your child loses a baby tooth that should not have come out as early as it has. For example, back teeth should not be coming out before teeth that are visible in their smile.