Dental emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye, or they may build and build over time until the patient is scared and in serious pain – whatever your or your family member’s unique situation is, you can trust in Denton Dental Center to be there for you during these difficult times. Dr. Todd Balington has plenty of experience with treating urgent situations, and he and the rest of our team will make time for emergency cases as soon as we possibly can so that you can experience fast relief. If you’re from the Denton area, Corinth, Krum, or another nearby location, don’t hesitate to contact us for help during a dental emergency. In many cases, we’re able to see patients on the same day they call. If we’re unable to treat you right away or your emergency does not necessarily require immediate treatment, we’ll walk you through at-home care over the phone to ensure you are safe and pain free until you reach our office.
Many patients hesitate to pick up the phone to call us because they’re not sure a situation is considered an emergency. We would much rather have you call our team and not need emergency care than need urgent treatment and not contact us. It’s always best to start repairing dental damage right away. What exactly constitutes a dental emergency? Here are some of the most common situations we see:
We will walk you through how to care for your smile and relieve pain over the phone when you call us during a dental emergency, so you don’t need to worry about memorizing every step you need to take. However, for those patients who find comfort in feeling prepared, some of the basic first aid and pain management steps you can take to protect your smile and prepare for your emergency visit include:
We know that the majority of dental emergencies cannot be avoided. However, there are some basic dos and don’ts that can help you reduce your risk for experiencing dental emergencies, including:
Dr. Todd Balington understands that accidents happen, and when they do, you need a trusted emergency dentist in Denton who can calmly address the situation and offer a reasonable solution. Luckily, at Denton Dental Center, you can receive the assistance you need whether you are in our office or with us on the phone. Until we’re able to see and treat you, we will walk you through the steps you need to take at home. But we also know it comes sometimes be hard to tell if what you’re experiencing is an actual emergency, if you should go to the hospital, or what you should do about the pain. To help, our team has compiled a list of dental emergency FAQs. Should you have additional questions or would just rather talk to a professional, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
There are a few ways you can tell if the accident or injury you just experienced is a real emergency:
It is always best to call our office no matter the injury. What you might consider as a non-emergency could, in fact, be a serious situation that needs to be addressed immediately.
Anytime pain occurs and continues with a dental emergency, you should call your dentist in Denton. Until you can get in to see us, we suggest taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, but avoid aspirin. Do not place this directly on the gums, as it can burn and damage the tissue. The severity of the pain is important for us to know. This will help us in determining how best to treat the situation.
Oftentimes, patients are unsure if their dental emergency warrants going to the dentist or the hospital. An accident happened, and more times than not, people associate an injury with the hospital. However, it is highly probable that your mouth-related emergency can be treated by a dental professional.
To help you determine if a trip to the hospital is necessary, here are a few instances that should have you hopping in the car and driving to your local ER:
When trauma occurs in or around the mouth, you should call our office immediately. The reason is that even though you may or may not feel pain or discomfort as a result of a busted lip, there could be other problems or other damage to areas of your mouth. Also, certain emergencies require immediate treatment if you want to keep your natural teeth (i.e. knocked-out tooth).
As we mentioned earlier, it is always best to call us and explain the situation. From there, we will be able to offer assistance over the phone that will help you find relief until we can see you in our office.