Emergency Dentistry – Rockwall, TX
Urgent Dental Problems Solved Quickly
There’s no time to lose if you suddenly start suffering from severe oral pain or sustain a fracture to your tooth. Our staff at McNew Dental will make time to see you as soon as possible so that you can get relief quickly. Having taught at a dental school for 30 years, Dr. McNew and Dr. Stein can help you fully understand your situation as well as the appropriate steps for treatment. Call us immediately if you think you’re suffering from a dental emergency.
Why Choose McNew Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Dentist & Team with Decades of Experience
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- Third Party Financing Available
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Do you know what to do in the event of a dental emergency? Obviously, calling a dentist is always the first thing you should do, but you also need to know how to protect your mouth until your appointment. Some issues are caused by infection while others are a result of trauma. You need to be able to recognize these different situations so that you can perform the appropriate first-aid. Below are some common situations you might face and how you can deal with them.
Swish some warm salt water in your mouth and take an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen for the pain. If you notice any swelling, apply an ice pack to your cheek. When you see Dr. McNew to have a toothache treated, remember that there’s a good chance you might need root canal therapy if your tooth is infected.
Depending on how severe the break is, you might see some bleeding. Apply a piece of gauze or tissue to the area to stop it; call the emergency room if bleeding doesn’t subside after 10 minutes, and then call Drs. McNew & Stein. Do not chew with the side of the mouth that has the damaged tooth. We’ll repair broken teeth with bonded fillings or possibly crowns when possible, but sometimes, an extraction is needed instead. Remember if this occurs at a restaurant, make sure management knows before leaving the restaurant as most establishments have insurance to cover broken teeth situations.
Act quickly! You will need immediate attention if you completely lose a tooth; if too much time passes, we might not be able to replant it. When handling the removed tooth, only touch the crown (the part used for chewing). You can try to put it back in its socket, then place gauze or tissue and hold between the teeth firmly. If this isn’t possible, store it between your cheek and gums instead; alternatively, you can put it in a glass of milk. Call Drs McNew and Stein but remember baby teeth do not need to be replaced as you may damage the permanent tooth below it.
Take your crown or filling out of your mouth immediately so that you don’t swallow it on accident. If your tooth is sensitive, try putting some clove oil on it or keep your tongue covering the tooth. Dental cement can be used to temporarily protect the damaged area until your appointment. In some cases, you might even be able to reattach the crown with the cement (although you’ll still need our help for a permanent repair).
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Brush and floss at least twice every day. This gets rid of the plaque that can eventually lead to a painful tooth infection.
- Protect your teeth from injury by wearing a mouthguard when participating in any sport.
- Do not bite down on hard foods or inedible objects; this can wear down or even crack your enamel.
- If you’ve been diagnosed with bruxism (grinding your teeth at night), get a nightguard as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary wear and tear of the teeth.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
We can help you estimate the cost of your treatment once we’ve checked your mouth and narrowed down the underlying cause of your problem. Sometimes you can normally expect dental insurance to help pay for procedures meant to restore your oral health; we’re happy to help file claims on your behalf. Patients who don’t have insurance can ask about third-party financing through CareCredit. Remember--whatever treatment you might need will be worth it so you can eat, speak, and smile without pain again!