Fort Worth, TX dental clinic helps patients handle emergency situations
If you, or a member of your family, is experiencing a dental emergency and you need an Emergency Dental Clinic in the Fort Worth, TX area, please call Sycamore Dental as soon as possible at (817) 438-1828. Our team leaves time each day in our schedule for emergencies so we can help our patients when they need us most. We offer a wide variety of emergency dental services including the use of local anesthetic and dental sedation to help ease your pain and anxiety when you come in for treatment. With any dental emergency, our focus is on helping patients feel calm and comfortable.
Common types of dental emergencies
We define a dental emergency as a situation in which the teeth are either traumatically injured or require urgent care due to severe pain. Some of the most common dental emergencies we see include:
- Broken or knocked out teeth
- Broken restorations
- Injury to the gums
- Severe tooth ache
- Face or jaw swelling
One of the biggest indicators that you need emergency dental care is the level of pain. If you have persistent or intermittent pain that becomes your entire focus, you need treatment as soon as possible.
What you should do in a dental emergency
Dental emergencies can be a stressful situation. You may find yourself wondering, “What should I do?” “Should I call 911?” If you find yourself or a family member in the midst of a dental emergency, the best thing for you to do is to call our office and explain the situation. Our team is experienced in being able to handle dental emergencies and to advise you on the best course of action. Of course, if you have experienced any sort of trauma or injury to the head, it’s always best to call 911 or get to your closest emergency room as soon as possible.
After you have called us for your appointment, here are some things you can do before coming into the office.
- Keep a knocked out or broken tooth in liquid. Time is of the essence when it comes to successfully replacing a knocked-out tooth and by keeping the tooth wet, you can help the chances of being able to save the tooth. If possible, place the tooth back in the socket gently, being careful not to swallow it. If you can’t get it into the socket, a glass of milk will work. Handle the tooth at the crown and not the roots.
- Clean the injured area. Infection can be common after a dental emergency. Use lukewarm water to rinse out the mouth.
- Use gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. Gauze, napkins, or other soft cloth will help to stop the bleeding.
- Cold compress for pain. An ice pack, a bag of frozen vegetables, or even frozen washcloths can be helpful in reducing pain and swelling.
- Arrange transportation to the office. Dental emergencies can be painful and stressful and are often the result of a traumatic injury. It’s always a safer bet to have someone else drive you to the office if possible.
Is there a way to prevent dental emergencies?
While certain injuries are completely unavoidable, there are some ways you can reduce your risk of a dental emergency.
- Don’t bite on hard objects. This can lead to breaking and cracking of the teeth. Also, do not use your teeth to open packaging.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing any type of contact sport.
- Maintain routine dental visits. Many dental emergencies are a result of decay that has advanced to the nerve of the tooth. Regular dental visits can ensure we catch these issues when they are small problems versus much larger problems.
Do you have questions?
We understand the chaos that can come with a dental emergency, however, being prepared can minimize stress or anxiety. As a trusted dental provider in the Fort Worth, TX area, Sycamore Dental is here to help you, should any type of dental emergency arise. We encourage all our patients to practice good prevention which includes proper oral hygiene at home and regular dental visits. And as always, we’re here to help should a dental emergency occur, just call us at (817) 438-1828 and we’ll be there in your time of need.