Emergency Dentist – Flower Mound, TX
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Needless to say, dental emergencies always catch people by surprise. No one wakes up in the morning anticipating that they are going to have to deal with a terrible toothache, broken tooth, or even knocked out tooth! If you happen to find yourself in any of these situations, don’t panic-- just pick up the phone and call Flower Mound Family Dentistry. We’re happy to see emergency patients and can even schedule same-day appointments so we can alleviate symptoms and put them on the road to optimal dental health as quickly as possible.
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How to Handle Common
What counts as a dental emergency? If you or a loved one are experiencing severe dental pain and/or have suffered a traumatic injury to the teeth, you should contact us. We’ll let you know what to do over the phone and schedule an appointment as soon as we can. In the meantime, you’re not powerless, and there are a few things you can do to reduce any pain and take control of the situation:
Start by rinsing and flossing around the tooth, and if the pain continues, go ahead and take an OTC medication. If there is any swelling, this can be managed with a cold compress. If something is stuck between the teeth, do NOT use a sharp object like a knife or scissors to try and get it out.
Collect as many pieces of the tooth that you can, put them in a safe container, and remember to bring them to our office. A cold compress can help with any swelling, and make sure the remaining tooth is covered in case it has a rough edge. The easiest way to do this is to use sugarless gum or dental wax, which you’ll find at your local pharmacy.
While it is possible for us to replant a fully knocked-out tooth, it’s best if a patient sees us within an hour or two of the accident, so be sure to move fast in this situation! Find the tooth, pick it up while NOT touching the root, and place it under the tongue. This will help preserve it until we can see you. If this doesn’t work, the tooth can also be put in a bag with some milk or saltwater.
If you have a failing dental restoration (or it has fallen out completely), it’s best to have it repaired right away before the underlying tooth develops an infection or damage. Rinse off the restoration and place it back onto your tooth until you can see us—a dab of toothpaste or over-the-counter temporary dental cement can help if it won’t stay put.
How to Prevent
When it comes to emergencies, prevention is always the best medicine. Here are a few simple ways to help you and your loved ones avoid all of the problems we touched on above:
- Don’t forget to wear a mouthguard when playing sports
- Be careful when eating particularly hard or sticky foods
- Don’t chew on items like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, or fingernails
- Don’t use your teeth as a tool to open packages or bottles
The Cost of Treating
Many patients are afraid to seek out emergency dental care because they believe it will be outrageously expensive, so they try to just “tough it out.” This is ALWAYS a mistake. Waiting only allows more pain to develop and a problem to become more complicated, meaning it will require more extensive treatment to fix. By acting fast, you can dramatically reduce the discomfort and cost associated with your dental emergency.