Dental emergencies strike at anytime, without warning. Do you know what to do if a dental emergency affects your family? Fort Worth dentist Dr. Nikki Green is happy to accept dental emergencies, so anytime you are in pain, call our office so that we can get you in and treat you quickly.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
A wide range of situations can be considered emergencies. Whether you woke up with a toothache or you chipped or fractured a tooth, we’ll take care of you and get you feeling like yourself again.
Some of the most common emergencies we see at our Fort Worth dental office are:
• Fractured and broken teeth
• Chipped teeth
• Pain with no clear origin
• Abscesses (a serious dental infection)
• Teeth knocked loose or out
• Injury to the gums or other soft tissues
Should I Call 911 in a Dental Emergency?
In some instances, it is more appropriate for you to be seen in an emergency room rather than in our dental office. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding, an injury to the head that resulted in nausea or loss of consciousness, or you suspect that you may have a broken bone, please call 911 or go to the emergency room.
How Soon Can You See Me?
If you are a current patient, we will do our very best to get you in to our office on the same day you call with your emergency, especially if you are dealing with a broken tooth, fractured tooth, or a lost tooth. Prompt treatment may allow us to save the tooth. If you are not a current patient, we will still do our best, but we may not be able to see you the same day (so call now to schedule a check-up and become a current patient before an emergency strikes!),
What Happens in an Emergency Dental Appointment?
Our top priorities during an emergency dental appointment are to relieve your pain and solve the immediate problem. This could mean replacing a tooth, repairing a chip or a crack with bonding, placing a temporary crown, performing a root canal, or extracting the tooth. We consider you a partner in your dental health, and we’ll discuss your options with you as well as the expected results so that you can make an informed decision about your care.
Once the emergency has been resolved, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to plan for long-term treatment to prevent future emergencies, if possible.
What Can I Do While I Wait for My Appointment?
When you call to schedule your emergency appointment, we’ll provide advice for self-care until Dr. Green can see you. Some self-care basics for common emergencies are:
Toothache: Carefully clean the area using a salt-water rinse. Apply an ice compress to your cheek to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Never apply aspirin to the gum or the tooth!
Gum, Lip, or Tongue Injuries: If you are bleeding, apply pressure to the wound using clean gauze. An ice pack can relieve swelling and pain and prevent bruising.
Knocked Out Tooth: Gently rinse the tooth in lukewarm water, holding it by the crown end (don’t touch the roots!). If possible, replace the tooth in its socket, but don’t force it. If the tooth cannot be replaced, place the tooth in a container or milk or salt water and bring it to your appointment.
Broken Tooth or Chipped Tooth: Keep any fragments you find and bring them to your appointment. Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling.
We don’t want our patients to be in pain! Call Dr. Nikki Green’s Fort Worth dental office today (817)737-6601 to be seen quickly, and allow us to treat your dental emergency.