Emergency Dentistry – Boerne, TX
Fast Care For When the Unexpected Happens
Dental emergencies tend to come out of nowhere and are always an unpleasant surprise. No one wakes up in the morning expecting to deal with a bad toothache or broken/knocked out tooth! Fortunately, should you ever find yourself in need of immediate dental care, you can just call Boerne Dental Center. We’ll let you know what to do over the phone and schedule a same-day appointment so we can get rid of your pain and fix any problem as quickly as possible with emergency dentistry in Boerne, TX.
Why Choose Boerne Dental Center for Emergency Dentistry?
- Trusted by Boerne Families Since 1965
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Sedation Dentistry Makes Any Nerves Disappear
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency is any situation in which a person is feeling a lot of pain associated with their teeth and mouth or they have experienced a traumatic oral injury. The first thing anyone should do is call our dental office, and our team will be able to walk them through first-aid. We’ll also schedule an appointment so we can see someone right away. In the meantime, however, there are a few things people can do to take control during the most common dental emergencies:
Rinse the mouth with water to remove any food debris that might be stuck between the teeth, and take an OTC medication if this doesn’t make the pain go away. If there is any swelling, place a cold compress on the cheek near the tooth, and do NOT put an aspirin directly on the gums—this can actually damage the sensitive tissues.
Pick up any pieces of the tooth that you can find and place them in a safe container. The tooth may have a rough edge that could accidentally injure the inside of the mouth, so be sure to cover it with some sugarless gum or dental wax that you can find at your local pharmacy. A cold compress can help reduce swelling.
We can put a knocked-out tooth back into place, but only if we see a patient within an hour or so of the initial incident, so don’t delay giving us a call in this situation! Pick up the tooth while only touching the crown, gently rinse it off, and place it under the tongue—this will help keep the tooth alive until we can see you.
Rinse off the restoration and attempt to place it back onto the tooth until we can see you. This is only a temporary fix, and you should have the tooth repaired relatively soon so it doesn’t develop any decay or damage. If the restoration is completely lost, cover the tooth with some sugarless gum.
If you regularly experience jaw pain and stiffness that causes you to miss school or work, or if you sometimes can’t open or close your mouth, it might be a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. A cold or warm compress can help ease this pain, and it’s OK to take an OTC medication as well. We can help identify what is causing this pain and provide long-term relief, so give us a call if these symptoms sound familiar!
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports—up to 40% of all dental injuries stem from sports-related accidents!
- Preserve your teeth and don’t chew on items like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Be careful when eating or biting into particularly hard or sticky foods.
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages or bottles.
- Keep up with your oral hygiene and dental checkups so small problems can be prevented and treated before they turn into big emergencies.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The cost of treating a dental emergency is always different from patient to patient depending on the type and extent of their injury. What’s consistent, however, is that it’s always wise to seek out care quickly before the pain or dental issue has a chance to become worse. We’re happy to make this type of care affordable for absolutely everyone by accepting dental insurance and even offering our own in-house savings plan.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Are you worried about experiencing a dental emergency and not knowing what to do? At Boerne Dental, our team will be with you through every step of the way, including offering your first-aid over-the-phone guidance. In addition, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our patients below, for your convenience.
Should I visit the ER or an emergency dentist?
Dental emergencies happen at the most unexpected times, which makes them incredibly stressful to deal with. In the moment, it can be difficult to assess your situation and determine whether you should visit your local ER or emergency dentist. If you’re in pain that’s not life-threatening, your emergency dentist is the best place to go. Otherwise, if you have a fractured or broken jaw, deep facial laceration, or are having difficulty breathing or swallowing, you require immediate medical attention and should go to the nearest ER.
Will my toothache go away on its own?
Unfortunately, it’s not likely that your toothache will disappear on its own. Before you contact our office, be sure to gently floss around the affected area and rinse with lukewarm salt water. If your pain persists, it could be a result of a bad tooth infection, which will require immediate intervention. If your tooth goes numb, it could mean that the nerves inside are dead, and it may need to be extracted. Either way, it’s important to get to our office as soon as possible so we can treat the problem and prevent it from getting worse.
I’m scared to visit the emergency dentist, what should I do?
Experiencing a dental emergency is scary enough as it is, but if you also suffer from dental anxiety or fear, it can make the prospect of picking up the phone and calling our office even more daunting that it already is. Fortunately, at Boerne Dental, we offer oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation so you can feel relaxed and comfortable while getting the dental care you need. That way, seeking help doesn’t have to turn into a traumatic and unforgettable event for you. Simply let our office know when you call us to schedule an emergency appointment, and we’ll be prepared to administer sedation when you get to our office.
How do I know if my problem is an actual emergency?
Some patients worry about turning a small issue into a big deal by immediately jumping to the conclusion that they require emergency care. If you’re concerned about this, here are a few traits that signify that you require urgent treatment:
- You have a severe toothache.
- Your mouth is bleeding.
- You have a damaged tooth.
- Your tooth has fallen out or is loose.
Chances are, if you’re in pain or experiencing any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, you should contact our office so we can diagnose and treat the situation.
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