When you have a dental emergency, you need to find a dentist who can handle your situation from start to finish. Your St. John dentists, Dr. Kapers and Dr. Jackson, are here to provide you quality and comprehensive care. There’s no telling when accidents will happen or when you’ll experience debilitating dental pain. The only thing you can plan is who will be handling your dental care when an emergency occurs.
At Creating Smiles, we offer fillings and root canals that can instantly relieve your dental pain, all-ceramic dental crowns that can repair your teeth, and dental implants to replace missing teeth. There’s no situation that our St. John office has not treated countless times before. We can even see you on the same day you call! However, just so you can be prepared, here’s how to handle common dental emergencies in your time of need:
Toothaches can stem from cavities, physical trauma, or just a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. If pain continues after rinsing and flossing around the tooth, go ahead and take an OTC medication. A cold compress can also help manage any discomfort.
Broken or chipped teeth – either caused by trauma or tooth decay – can often be fixed by covering the healthy portion of the tooth with a dental crown. A crown is placed over the base of your tooth and protects the healthy portion from future decay or breakage.
Losing a tooth in an accident can be a very nerve-racking and traumatic experience. If you happen to knock out any of your teeth, it’s important to know that you’re under a time constraint. If you can find your teeth, pick them up by the crown – never the root – and place them under your tongue. We’ll have a much better chance of reconnecting the teeth if they stay in their natural environment inside your mouth.
Rinse off the restoration and try to put it back onto the tooth. If it won’t stay, apply a small dab of toothpaste. Even though you might not feel any pain associated with this kind of problem, you should still have the tooth repaired right away before it develops any new decay or damage. Avoid chewing with that part of the mouth until we can see you.
These tips will dramatically lower your chances of needing to make a sudden, unexpected trip to the dentist:
Every dental emergency we see is unique, so the cost of treatment is always different from patient to patient. No matter what your situation might be, however, coming to see us right away is always best for both your oral health and your wallet. This will allow us to treat a problem quickly using the most conservative procedure possible. To make this type of care more affordable, we accept all insurance plans and offer flexible financing.