We understand that things can happen when you least expect them. Emergencies can occur, and problems arise seemingly out of thin air. When things go wrong, you need a dentist you can trust to set everything right again. At Taylor Dental, we always have you covered. We offer emergency care to both patients and non-patients to ensure that no one is left without help. It’s important to us that we can reduce any pain caused by dental emergencies promptly and efficiently.
We know that emergencies never happen on schedule. For patients a part of our Taylor Dental family, we offer emergency care during normal hours, and we also have an on-call doctor ready to aid you after operating hours. For those who aren’t yet a patient of our office, we can still provide emergency care to you and your family. However, we only see non-patients during regular hours.
Many of our patients have expressed confusion as to what constitutes an emergency, but our advice is that you’re always better safe than sorry. If you think you may need emergency care, we encourage you to contact our office right away so we can help alleviate any pain you may feel as well as treat the issue before it becomes a more serious problem. That being said, we’ve been serving patients for a long time, and we’ve encountered certain situations more often than others. Some of the most common instances of dental emergencies include:
- Broken tooth or teeth
- Intense swelling
- Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
- Abscessed gums
- Permanent tooth chipped or knocked out
- Lost filling
- Problems with a crown
There are certainly more issues that would qualify for emergency care, but these are just some of the afflictions we see most often. If you are suffering from these problems or others not listed, call our office as soon as possible. We will try to accommodate you the same day, but worst-case scenario, we will see you our next business day. We are dedicated to helping you maintain great oral health, so whether it be fixing a broken tooth or replacing a crown, we will address your needs as efficiently as possible. When an emergency strikes, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not your dentist’s office will accommodate you.
To bide time before you are able to come to the office, there are a few tips and tricks that can help alleviate pain or even save a knocked-out permanent tooth. If you are suffering from a toothache, rinse out your mouth with warm water and gently floss to remove any food debris from in between your teeth. If you’ve knocked out a permanent tooth, you have the ability to save the tooth with a quick response. The key is to keep the tooth wet at all times, either by putting it back in the socket, placing it in between your gums and teeth, or putting the tooth in milk. If you’ve just cracked a tooth, you should rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area and use an icepack to keep any swelling down.
The best emergency response is a preventative one. There are many precautions you can take to keep your pearly whites in perfect order. For instance, you should always wear a mouthguard when playing sports so that a soccer ball to the mouth doesn’t result in a broken tooth. Luckily, we offer custom mouthguards that perfectly fit the patient’s teeth are customizable to show off the wearer’s personality. We also encourage patients to refrain from using their teeth to cut or rip things. The convenience of not having to grab scissors isn’t worth a chipped tooth. Patients can also chip or even crack their teeth by biting down on hard things like ice or hard candies.
We offer emergency care because we care about the wellbeing of our patients beyond their regularly scheduled appointments. We want our family of patients to trust us as their dental provider, and this trust is built upon consistency and always going the extra mile for those who come into our office. The next time you are faced with a dental emergency, know that Taylor Dental is here to help.