Emergency Dentistry – Fort Worth, TX
Urgent Dental Care
When You Need It
Dental emergencies always happen at the most unexpected moments, which is why it’s so important to be prepared. If you ever have to deal with a surprise toothache, broken tooth, lost restoration, or anything else that constitutes a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental. Drs. Buck and DeSimone can help get you out of pain and restore the health and structure of damaged teeth with emergency dentistry in Fort Worth, TX.
Why Choose Hulen Crossing Family Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- In-House Oral Surgeon & General Dentist
- 3 Types of Dental Sedation Available
How to Handle Common
In the face of a dental emergency, it’ll be important to act fast and be prepared. The first step you should always take is to call our dental office immediately. One of our team members can help minimize your discomfort and prevent additional oral damage by providing you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance. We’ll then schedule an appointment for you that same day to get you out of pain fast. Below, we’ve also provided some helpful tips on how to ease your pain and prepare for your appointment as you’re making your way to us.
Severe toothaches are often a sign of an infection that has developed within the inner chamber of a tooth. To ease your pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen, and place a cold compress on the outside of your face for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
If you’re able to retrieve the broken-off portion of your tooth, be sure to rinse it off and bring it to your appointment. If not, you can shield the inside tissue of your cheeks and lips from the sharp edge of your tooth by placing a piece of orthodontic wax over the area.
Time is of the essence, so try to get to our dental office within an hour of the accident. If you can find your tooth, pick it up, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface, and store it in a sealable container filled with milk or saltwater to keep it viable. Don’t forget to bring it with you to your appointment!
If you’re able to find your lost restoration, rinse it off and place it back on your affected tooth using a dab of denture adhesive or toothpaste. It’s important to keep in mind that this is a temporary solution, and you’ll need to have your restoration permanently restored or replaced by a professional to prevent an infection from developing.
Head, neck, and jaw pain are three of the most common signs of a condition called TMJ dysfunction (TMD). If you experience any of these, call our dental office, and our team can help you find temporary relief by massaging your joints. We also offer long-term treatments for TMD.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While it’s impossible to completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency, there are some ways you can drastically reduce your risk of one, including:
- Maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home, including brushing twice each day, flossing once, and rinsing.
- Avoid chewing on foods that are excessively hard or chewy.
- Don’t use your teeth as a tool to rip off price tags, open packaging, etc.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet.
- Stay hydrated with water.
- Visit our dental office for your bi-annual checkups and cleanings.
The Cost of Dental Emergencies
The cost of your emergency visit will depend on what treatment you need to restore the health and function of your mouth. For example, a simple cavity filling to reduce dental sensitivity will cost significantly less than a tooth extraction and restoration. When you arrive at our dental office, we’ll get you out of pain and conduct a thorough examination of the situation at hand. Once we come up with our treatment recommendation, we’ll walk you through it, along with any pricing details, so you know exactly what to expect.
Root canals are one of the most widely misconceived dental treatments. They’re painted as scary procedures that cause pain instead of resolving pain, even though that’s not true at all. Many patients who need root canals come to us in intense discomfort in the form of a severe toothache. After we conduct root canal therapy on their infected tooth, it not only helps them feel much better, but it also preserves their natural tooth’s structure. This way, they can continue enjoying their home-grown smile for the rest of their life.
Our team only turns to tooth extractions when it’s our last option. We understand that there’s no substitution that can compare to your natural teeth. Because of that, we always try to save them at all costs. If a tooth is so severely damaged that we believe it poses a threat to your surrounding teeth or gums and could cause permanent oral issues down the road, we may suggest removing it. Don’t worry, though! We offer plenty of customized options to replace it and restore both the function and appearance of your whole smile.