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.
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