If you break your arm or cut your finger, you know that it’s time to go to the emergency room. But what happens if you have a dental emergency and what qualifies as one? While an emergency room trip may still be needed, it’s important to know if you should call us for emergency dental services. Many types of dental issues can usually be solved with a quick trip to our office.
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What’s a Dental Emergency for Your Dentist?
- Toothache: Toothaches are fairly common issues that can be caused by a multitude of issues – usually pulp infections or something stuck in-between two teeth. However, it’s important to discover the cause of the toothache early on and get it fixed before any further problems can be developed.
- Chips/Cracks: Sometimes we bite down on something hard and chip our tooth, or we crack it when we clench our jaw. Whatever the reason, it’s important to see your emergency dentist ASAP. If you can, preserve the chips in milk or water and bring with you to your emergency appointment.
- Lost Crowns: If your crown has dropped out of your mouth, call your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible. If you still have the crown, keep it in a cool, safe place as there is a possibility your dentist can reinsert it. You can apply clove oil to the missing tooth area to help alleviate pain.
- Loosened Teeth/Tooth Knocked Out: If you’ve experienced any trauma or decay to the mouth and have a loose tooth because of it, you might be able to save the tooth. If the tooth is loose, but still attached in the mouth to blood vessels and nerves, chances are high that root canal therapy won’t be needed. If your tooth has completely come out of the mouth, there is a possibility of reattachment within the hour. Call your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment. You can use a cold compress and over-the-counter pain medication to help relieve any pain before your appointment.
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Importance of Calling Your Dentist for Emergencies
Although oral pain and trauma may not seem like a huge deal, it cannot be ignored. Small problems can escalate and cause more pain in the future, so seeing your dentist for any emergency treatment is imperative. If you’re unsure if you’re dealing with a dental emergency, please give us a call. However, a good rule of thumb is – if it hurts, then it’s an emergency.
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GPS Dental Can Get You OUT of Pain!!
At GPS Dental we are prepared to assist our patients when a dental emergency occurs. When patients call in this type of scenario, we always do our best to accommodate same day emergency appointments. You may not be able to anticipate when a dental emergency will happen; however, you can rest assured that you will receive swift expert emergency care when you call our office. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, remember … Emergency Dental Appointments are Available at GPS Dental. Please give us a call at 210-633-3477 and let us know you are experiencing tooth pain.
Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers affordable dental care for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implants, sleep apnea, TMJ / TMD Treatment, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment