Doctor Hardcastle on Dental Emergencies Read Transcript
Dental emergencies are an interesting thing. A lot of people have surprises in life with their dental health, and there's a variety of issues that can come about that would constitute an emergency. The most common, and expected, is pain. And others are maybe a front tooth broke and it's an emergency to the patient. It's not necessarily painful, but it's catastrophic to their social life. We still consider that an emergency too.
So anything like that, we have a strict policy that we do everything we can do to get you in the same day so we can deal with that emergent situation. And if it's just not possible either for your schedule or our schedule, we get you in the next day with no problem. But our goal and desire is get you in today. We may not always be able to fix the problem, but we can handle the emergency situation, control the pain, control the symptom. And if we can do final treatment, then we certainly try to do that.
So if you feel like that's a situation you've struggled to have addressed correctly in the past, and you'd like to give us the opportunity to help you, then, love to see you here at Village Dental Care.
We’ll treat you with:
- Technology like a dental laser to keep your treatment as pain-free as possible
- Blankets and other amenities to ease your anxiety
- Two kinds of sedation if desired, one of which will be right for you
- Restorative dentistry to fix everything from a broken tooth to a painful toothache
If you need emergency assistance, call us right away at (972) 440-1980. Membership in our VIP Club covers the cost of emergency exams.
Know What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Laura D. talks about how well taken care of she was during her Dental Emergency Read Transcript
It was a couple of years ago, and I was walking my dog, and all of a sudden I found myself falling, and I did a faceplant on the concrete and was able to get myself back to the house. And they were the first call I made, was, “Help.”
And so I came straight into the office, and they didn't mind. They were just super kind and reassuring and helpful, and that was several months of a process that I went through with them, multiple visits. They were always aware of what had happened, how they needed to care for me, and I always felt very cared for whenever I came for those appointments, and I ended up having an implant done. I had had an implant, and so that had to be removed and a new one put in, and I told my husband while we're there, we're just going to go ahead and get the bottom teeth done too so everything looks great.
We opted in for more treatment than was absolutely necessary, but it just seemed like the right time to get everything done, and I'm really pleased. I feel like everything looks natural, feels natural. The colors seem natural to me. And Dr. Hardcastle, he is an artist in my mind, and I feel like he doesn't just want to put teeth in, he wants them to look great.
And so I'm awfully grateful for that because I'm an artist, and so we see eye to eye a lot of times on those kinds of things – colors, shape. He wants everything to look just like it did before or better.
Well, I have to say before I felt like some of my teeth weren't really the size and shape that I'd wanted all my life. So not that I'd ever want to have to go through that again, but I felt like I came out with such a better smile than I ever had before. I was just very pleased that I finally got my teeth straight, my teeth white, and it just was such a relief, really, to have that finished.
- Pain Relief – Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Avoid aspirin, especially if you are bleeding. An ice pack is also good for lessening pain and reducing any swelling.
- Bleeding – Gently but firmly apply clean gauze to stop bleeding. You can also use a damp tea bag. The tea has tannins, which encourage blood clotting.
- Knocked-Out Teeth – Never touch the roots; handle only by the crown (top part) of your tooth. If possible, keep the tooth in its socket until you can get medical attention. If that isn’t possible, keep it moist with either saliva or milk.
- Broken Dental Crown – Stick to lukewarm foods and beverages, and avoid biting down on the affected tooth. If there is a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with dental cement or even sugarless gum.
Prevent Emergencies With Proactive Care
Taking good care of your teeth will lessen the likelihood of experiencing a dental emergency:
- See us for dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year.
- Don’t put off treatment for cavities or gum disease; both conditions will require more extensive care if they worsen.
- If you play sports, always wear a mouthguard.
For dental emergencies in Dallas, call us ASAP at (972) 440-1980.