Emergency Dentistry When You Need Us Most
When a dental problem arises suddenly and without warning, it can be very frightening. It can also cause severe discomfort that may affect your ability to chew, speak, and even sleep. Fortunately, at Hue Dental, PLLC, we offer emergency dentistry services to patients. We are easily accessible at all hours of the day, and we can often get you in for a same-day appointment. In the meantime, we can provide tips and guidance to help you minimize your discomfort while you wait. Whether you are suffering from a broken tooth, knocked out tooth, severe toothache, or some other concern, we are ready to provide the timely and compassionate care you need.
After Hours Services
Dental emergencies are never convenient. However, when they occur after business hours, you may panic, thinking you will have to wait days to receive treatment. At Hue Dental, we are always here for you. When you call into the office after hours, it will forward to our emergency line. Then we can provide over-the-phone guidance to minimize your discomfort and reduce dental damage. We will schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible – often that same day! Though we are committed to our established patients, we are happy to provide emergency services for new patients, as well.
What to Do If You Experience a Dental Emergency
Proper care will depend on the type and severity of your dental emergency. We will evaluate your problem and provide appropriate, personalized guidance.
- Knocked out tooth: A knocked out tooth can be one of the most frightening types of dental emergencies. However, when you care for your tooth properly, Dr. Tran may be able to place your natural tooth back in the socket. As you soon as possible, you should pick up and gently rinse the tooth with saline water, being careful not to touch the roots. If you can, put the tooth back in the socket and keep it in place by gently biting down. If this causes too much pain, store the tooth in a container of normal saline solution or milk. Then bring it with you to your appointment within the hour.
- Broken tooth: If you have a broken tooth, you should follow similar protocol. After rinsing off the broken piece, store it in milk or saline, and bring it with you to the office.
- Something stuck between your teeth: You can attempt to dislodge a trapped item by flossing and brushing. However, you should never try to remove it with a sharp object, as this can seriously damage your sensitive gum tissue.
- Toothache: Mild anti-inflammatories and cold compresses can help to minimize your toothache. Until you receive proper care, you may also want to avoid sugar, as well as very hot and very cold foods.
Long-Term Solutions for Dental Emergencies
These initial home treatments can reduce discomfort. However, when you come into the office, we will provide treatment to restore your long-term dental function. Again, appropriate care will depend on your particular needs.
- Knocked out tooth: As stated above, Dr. Tran will often try to replace your natural tooth, putting it back in the socket. If this is not possible, he may recommend a dental implant, which will provide a permanent base for a lifelike dental restoration.
- Broken tooth: Often, we can bond the broken piece of your tooth, putting it back in place with composite resin. If your tooth is too severely damaged, a dental crown can restore its form and function.
- Something stuck between your teeth: Our experienced practitioners can quickly and easily dislodge the object with a professional dental tool.
- Toothache: There are many different reasons that you may suffer from a toothache. Dental infection is one of the most common causes, and we will usually treat this concern with root canal therapy. Our root canals are very gentle and involve minimal discomfort. Other treatments for a toothache could include fillings, crowns, and anti-sensitivity toothpaste, among others.