Were you in an accident and one of your teeth or dental restorations was broken or knocked out? Do you have a toothache so painful that you can’t focus on anything else? If so, you should seek out urgent dental care right away, and all you need to do is pick up the phone and call Dr. Steven Feit. Dr. Feit has more than 30 years of experience in dentistry, and our team is often able to see emergency patients on a same-day basis. We’ll work to see you as quickly as possible so we can relieve your pain and get you back to your normal life, all with our gentle, caring touch.
Dental emergencies usually fall into one of two categories: trauma, or pain due to longstanding dental problems. Dr. Feit is more than qualified to handle both types of situations! Before you get to our office for your emergency appointment, however, there may be some things you can do to manage your pain and minimize the damage to your oral health.
Taking over the counter pain medications, applying clove oil to the tooth, and avoiding hot and cold foods can all minimize toothache pain. When you get to our office for treatment, Dr. Feit may recommend that you receive a restoration and/or undergo root canal therapy.
Collect any part of the tooth that broke off and bring it with you to our office. In the meantime, placing a piece of sugar-free gum on the tooth’s jagged edges can protect the soft tissues in your mouth. Dr. Feit might be able to repair the tooth, but extraction is also a possibility.
Pick up the tooth, touching it only by its top portion. Rinse off any debris, and try to place the tooth back in its socket if possible. If you cannot do that, store the tooth in a glass of milk or water to keep it moist. Get to our office as soon as you can. If you receive treatment within an hour or so of when the tooth got knocked out, Dr. Feit may be able to splint it back into place.
You might be able to temporarily reattach a lost crown using a dab of denture adhesive. Whether or not that is possible, you should be careful to avoid chewing with the vulnerable tooth. Dr. Feit may be able to permanently reattach your restoration, but it is also possible that you will need a new one altogether.
Here are some tips to help you drastically reduce your risk of facing a dental emergency:
The cost of treating your emergency will depend on the specifics of your situation. If you just need a prescription or a new filling, you will pay less than if you need a major or extensive treatment. During your emergency consultation, our team will provide you with an estimate for the cost of your care. We will also help you explore how insurance and financing may be able to help you comfortably afford your treatment.