There’s no doubt that dental emergencies can be unsettling. You can be happily going about your business one moment, and the next something goes wrong, and your life is turned upside down.
Whether you have lost a filling or are suddenly in pain, your primary focus is on getting help, and getting it fast!
We understand how disruptive a dental emergency can be, so at Nysa Family Dentistry, we always allow time in our schedule for patients who need to see us right away. If you are in pain or dealing with another problem, our goal is to see you as quickly as possible and provide you with the relief you need.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
We don’t want you to spend a lot of time trying to figure out if your problem requires emergency treatment. When in doubt, always call us first. Our knowledgeable team will listen to your concerns and either make an appointment for the same day or instruct you how to handle the situation until you can get in to see us.
However, being armed with information the next time you encounter an emergency can give you the peace of mind of knowing you are taking proper care of the problem.
Critical Dental Emergencies
Note: If you have a critical injury like a broken bone or excessive bleeding or your injury has caused you to lose consciousness, please go to an emergency room or call 911.
Certain emergencies require immediate attention. If you encounter either of the following situations, call us right away at (469) 250-2020.
- Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Tooth: We know this is a shocking experience whatever the reason! Handle the tooth with care and do not touch the root or attached tissue. You can try to reinsert the tooth gently in the socket, but if that isn't possible, place it in a container of water, milk, or saliva to keep the root moist until you get to our office.
- Intense Pain: If you have a toothache that’s so painful you cannot function, call us right away! Pain in your tooth is not normal, and intense pain is a sign that a severe problem is developing that requires immediate treatment. Until you get to our office, try using an ice pack on and off your face for 20 minutes and try ibuprofen to relieve the pain.
Emergencies to Treat as Soon as Possible
- Lost Crown or Filling: Losing a crown or filling can be a nuisance but is usually not painful. However, we do need to see you as soon as possible to protect the tooth from damage. We will need to replace a lost filling, but in many cases, we can reuse the crown and cement it back in place. Wrap the crown in tissue and keep in a safe place until you get to our office.
- Broken Denture: This is not a critical emergency regarding your oral health, but we certainly don’t want you to go without your teeth any longer than necessary! Bring the broken denture to us first thing in the morning, and we will do our best to repair it by the end of the day.
Don’t Hesitate to Call Us First!
Please don’t spend a moment wondering if you have an emergency – call us first! We would much rather chat with you and find out your problem isn’t an emergency than have you suffer needlessly. If it is after hours, call our main number for instructions for getting in touch with Dr. Amara.