Emergency Dentistry – Beverly Hills, CA
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There are few things less convenient than biting into a piece of food and seeing your tooth come out with it. Furthermore, if you love to play contact sports, you’re probably all too familiar with injuries that damage teeth along the way. Dental emergencies often occur as a result of untreated tooth decay or physical trauma, but both are treatable by our dentists. Call our office right away if you’re dealing with a dental emergency!
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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When a dental emergency occurs, you won’t be able to take care of it entirely on your own. That’s where calling our office comes in. The moment you notice something is wrong (i.e. tooth pain, severe sensitivity, etc.) or you experience physical trauma, call our office. We’ll be able to provide you with helpful advice before you arrive. Until you do, here’s how you can improve your situation for the time being.
Use dental floss to loosen potential food debris from between your teeth. If discomfort does not go away, take ibuprofen until you get to our office. We advise against taking aspirin as this can cause a burning sensation if it comes into contact with oral tissue. Depending on the emergency, we may remove decay and place a filling/crown or perform root canal therapy if an infection is present.
Collect any pieces of your tooth that you can find and bring them to the office with you. Try to avoid chewing hard food on that side of your mouth for as long as you can to prevent accidentally fracturing the tooth further. Remember that even if you don’t have any pain, the unprotected part of your tooth will likely be exposed to bacteria which can cause pain later, or need for root canal treatment. So, do your best to make an appointment as soon as you can.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the part that looks like your tooth) portion only. Do not touch the root or any tissue that’s attached. Gently rinse any dirt or debris you find on the tooth and place it back into your open socket to keep it preserved. If not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or at least water and get to our office within the hour.
If you have a lost restoration, you can temporarily reattach it using an over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum as a last resort. Avoid chewing food until you get the restoration replace by our office. If you do not experience any discomfort or sensitivity, you can wait until normal business hours to see us.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies can be difficult to predict, they are much easier to avoid when you know the right steps to perform. These steps include:
- Brushing at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
- Flossing at least once a day
- Maintaining routine visits at our office (at least once every six months) so we can identify potential problems and treat preventable emergencies
- Never using your teeth as a tool to open packages or bottles
- Avoiding extremely hard foods (hard candy, ice cubes, popcorn, etc.)
- Wearing a mouthguard or nightguard if needed
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can vary in cost largely because there are many ways a dental emergency can occur. For example, while tooth pain could be a sign of decay that needs to be removed, it could also be due to an oral infection. Not only is a dental restoration needed to restore a damaged tooth, but if an infection is present, detailed root canal therapy is needed as well. Regardless of how expensive your treatment becomes, we highly recommend you call us for care as we can get you out of discomfort and help you build a treatment plan that fits your budget.
In some cases, severe pain can stem from the joints of your jaw, rather than your teeth or gums. This discomfort can become unbearable for some, which is why we are happy to provide therapy for TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. In this case, our dentists will closely examine your current bite and ask you questions regarding the source of your chronic discomfort. From there, we can create an oral appliance that shifts pressure away from your joints and relieves oral and facial pain. We also provide muscle massage and movement therapy to stretch and strengthen TMJ-related muscles.