Some things in life you just can’t plan for — like a broken tooth, a knocked out tooth, a toothache that wakes you up at 2 am… and the list goes on. If you need same-day attention from a professional who cares, you’ve got to get in touch with the trusted emergency dentist in Columbus! Dr. Buck and Dr. Burton are here for you when you need them most.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies occur in a variety of forms, but in general, anything that is broken, bleeds, or causes you pain in the mouth should be treated with urgent care. Your first inclination may be to visit the emergency room, but in most cases, your dentist is better equipped to handle the situation promptly.
Some of the cases that the Creative Smiles team treats as emergencies include…
- Knocked out tooth
- Broken or badly fractured tooth
- Tooth abscess
- Foreign object lodged between teeth
You can count on your dentist to treat a variety of emergency situations. If, however, you have broken a bone in your mouth or are bleeding profusely for more than 10 minutes, you should head straight to the emergency room for urgent medical attention.
Here Are Your Next Steps
Immediately after you realize you have a dental emergency on your hands, your first step should be to get in touch with our office. We will talk to you about your situation and determine a time for you to come in as soon as is necessary. Then, we’ll provide advice to help you manage discomfort and speed recovery in the meantime.
In general, some tips for handling most dental emergencies include…
- Gather a missing tooth or any large broken pieces for possible reattachment
- Store a knocked out tooth in its empty socket or a cup of milk until you can reach our office
- Do not touch the tooth’s root
- Place firm but gentle pressure on any bleeding wounds with a clean gauze or cloth
- Use an ice pack to ease pain and reduce swelling
- Take Aleve or Tylenol for discomfort
How We Treat Dental Emergencies
Some common treatments for dental emergencies include re-attaching a knocked out or missing tooth, which is typically possible if we can treat the case within two hours of loss. Emergency root canal treatment can save a severely infected, aching, or abscessed tooth. If you have a foreign object lodged between the teeth, your dentist has the special tools and techniques needed to safely remove it.
Whatever it is you need, you can feel confident knowing the Creative Smiles team of experts is on the case!
Get In Touch With Us ASAP!
The team at Creative Smiles is happy to provide same-day dentistry when our patients need it most. The next time you experience something out of the norm, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your dentist in Columbus! If it’s outside business hours, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Reach us at (614) 420-2407.