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National Toothache Day: GPS Dental Can Get You OUT of PAIN!


Toothaches, or any kind of ache really, are never fun to experience. With National Toothache Day approaching on February 9, 2022, we thought we’d take a look at some common dental emergencies and the importance of seeing your dentist if you may be experiencing any toothaches, oral pain or problems. Remember, if you’re overdue for a dental appointment, call us today to get that scheduled and stay on top of your oral health, which can help avoid some dental emergencies in the future.

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How to Tell It’s a Dental Emergency

Not every situation is a dental emergency, but it’s important to know when you need to call your dentist right away. If you’re unsure, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you in severe pain?
  • Are you bleeding from the mouth?
  • Do you have a loose tooth/teeth?
  • Do you have an infection?
  • Have you lost a tooth?
  • Are you experiencing major swelling in the face or mouth?

In general, if you need to stop any major bleeding, pain, or save a tooth – there’s no doubt you’re dealing with a dental emergency. Let’s take a look at some of the more common dental emergencies we see.

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5 Most Common Dental Emergencies

  1. Broken Crown – If a dental crown falls off or completely breaks, it leaves your tooth very vulnerable. Schedule with us quickly to possibly avoid a root canal or extraction.
  2. Knocked-out Tooth/Teeth – If you’ve ever had a tooth knocked out, you know what a shock that can be. When you act quickly after a tooth has been knocked out, it’s possible that we may be able to reinsert your tooth. Pick up the tooth carefully, try not to touch the root, and gently rinse. Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket, but if you can’t, place in a small container of milk until you see your dentist.
  3. Unexplainable Toothache – If you have a sudden, out-of-the-blue toothache, it’s important to reach out quickly to discover the source of the pain. While over-the-counter pain meds and a cold compress can help temporarily, it’s good to get to the source of the pain sooner rather than later; your odds of a minor fix will be much greater the faster you see your dentist.
  4. Bleeding or Swollen Gums – Some minor bleeding or irritation here and there is usually just fine and not concerning. However, if your gums won’t stop bleeding and is accompanied with swelling, it can often mean there’s an underlying health or dental issue that needs to be addressed.
  5. Food or Object Lodged in Teeth – If an object piece or stubborn piece of food gets lodged, brushing and flossing won’t help. Get professional help quickly to remove the food/object and prevent any decay or irritation.

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GPS Dental Can Get You OUT of Pain!!

National Toothache Day is not cause for celebration; however, 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 implantssleep apneaTMJ / TMD Treatmentcosmetic 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

Accidents Happen: Emergency Dental Care

emergency-dental-careImagine enjoying a wonderful holiday break with your family. As you sit down to have a meal together, you experience an unpleasant surprise. When you bite into your food you feel a cracking sensation, followed by a sharp pain in your mouth. As the stinging in your mouth continues to worsen, the reality of what has just happened sets in; you have just broken a tooth and need emergency dental care!

Unfortunately, this make-believe scenario has been a reality for many people; when you break a tooth it’s often a sudden, unplanned problem that delays any plans you may have, because all you can think about is getting out of pain!

Who will you call when you need emergency dental care?

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.

There are normally two reasons for emergency dental care, restorative and cosmetic.

We provide restorative emergency dental care to help our patients to get out of pain as quickly as possible.  There are cosmetic reasons for requiring an emergency visit as well. Perhaps you have a presentation to give, or an important meeting to attend, or maybe child has a school photo in the next couple of days.

These are both valid and understandable reasons for requesting an emergency visit, and here at GPS Dental we are willing to help address these unexpected issues when they arise.

Sports Injuries can cause a dental emergency.

Injuries to the mouth and teeth during physical activity and playing sports are easily prevented with a custom-made mouthguard by the staff at GPS Dental.

A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. Studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer injury to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouthguard.

Broken teeth and injuries to your lips, face, jaw or tongue can be minimized, because mouthguards help cushion a blow to the face since they are typically covering the upper teeth.

The best type of mouthguard is one that has been custom-made and fitted for your mouth by Dr. Skrobanek and his team at GPS Dental. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well.

If you have a removable appliance or retainer, do not wear it during contact sports.

Other Reasons for needing emergency dental care:

  • Knocked Out Tooth
  • Chipped or Broken Tooth
  • Partially Dislodged Tooth
  • Abscess
  • Toothache
  • Lost Filling
  • Lost Crown

Related article: Handling Dental Emergencies

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.

Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek and his experienced, friendly team at GPS Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the San Antonio, TX area. Our office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we 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.