Emergency Dentist - Midland, TX
While it would be better if we could help our patients avoid dental emergencies altogether, these scary situations can be entirely unavoidable at times. When they do happen, already having a trusted dental practice in your corner can make a world of difference. At Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center, our dentists strive to treat patients urgently in need ASAP. Contact us today to schedule an emergency appointment here in Midland, TX.
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
Of course, you may not actually know whether your particular situation needs immediate care or not. We consider the following circumstances true emergencies, and Dr. Boyles and Dr. Etheredge have the advanced skills needed to assist you with them:
- Broken/fractured tooth
- Partially dislodged tooth
- Fully knocked-out tooth
- Severe toothache
- Object stuck between teeth
- Significant oral bleeding
- Jaw injury
- Lip injury
- Lost or damaged restoration (crown, filling, etc)
How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
Here are some helpful tips for how to minimize your odds over time:
- Remember to schedule a checkup and cleaning here at our Midland practice every six months! Many dental emergencies develop gradually over time, which means that our team can spot and treat the warning signs before they ever develop into a serious matter.
- Limit your exposure to foods that are overly sticky, chewy, or tough. This includes hard candy and popcorn kernels. Also, refrain from chewing on the ice in your drink and don’t chew on pencils as a habit.
- Always wear an oral appliance (preferably a custom-made one) if you regularly play sports with physical contact or suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding).
- Use scissors to open tricky packaging, not your teeth.
- Remember to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. These are necessary steps for getting rid of decay-causing food particles and plaque.
Frequently Asked Questions about Emergency Dentistry
Dental emergencies can take you by surprise and have your mind rushing with adrenaline, and you may have tons of questions about what you should do. At Boyles General Dentistry, we want to help put your mind at ease during this stressful time by answering some of the most common questions about our emergency services. If you have a dental emergency or any other questions that we don’t mention below, we invite you to give our practice a call.
Does keeping a knocked-out tooth in milk really help?
Yes, it does. When a tooth gets knocked out completely, it’s important to act quickly to improve your chances of successful re-implantation. If you are unable to reposition the tooth on your own, you need to make sure the root stays moist and uncontaminated. You can store the tooth in between your cheek and gums, or you can submerge it in a container of milk. This liquid has proteins that maintains a safe acid-to-alkaline ratio and sugars that help cells to continue growing. These can temporarily keep the tooth viable until you get to our office for emergency treatment.
What can I take to ease my dental pain?
If you have a toothache or some other sort of dental pain, you can take over-the-counter pain medication. However, do not place aspirin directly on the tooth or gums because it can cause damage to the soft tissue. Instead, take ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory pain reliever according to the directions. You can also use a cold compress to reduce any swelling and soothe discomfort. When you come in for treatment, we can address the source of the problem and offer sedation to help you feel relaxed and at ease.
What should I do if I have a broken or cracked tooth?
Do your best to gather up the pieces of the tooth and bring them to your appointment with us. Keep the area clean by rinsing your mouth with warm water and use a cold compress to minimize any swelling. If your remaining tooth has a sharp edge or point, you can put dental wax or chewing gum on it to prevent cuts to your lips or cheeks. We will do our best to salvage your tooth, but in some cases, the damage may be too extensive to fix, meaning that we may need to extract the tooth. If this happens, our team can offer several replacement options, including dental implants, to get your oral health and appearance back.
Should I go the ER when I have a dental emergency?
Most of the time, when you experience a dental emergency, your first phone call should be to our Midland dental office. We’ll do everything we can to see you as soon as possible in our schedule. Although an emergency room is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, medical doctors are often not equipped or trained to handle dental problems as efficiently as our dentists are. As a result, you may be waiting for hours, only to be referred elsewhere for treatment, wasting precious time and money. On the other hand, there are situations where a visit to the ER is the best course of action. If, for example, you have a broken jaw bone or bleeding that lasts longer than 10 minutes, you should definitely head to the ER before seeking dental treatment.
How much will treating my dental emergency cost?
Each dental emergency is different. Even if two patients both experience a toothache, it could affect another teeth, or one patient may have more severe decay than the other. As a result, the treatment and the cost will vary on a case by case basis. When you come in to our Midland office, our team can provide a quote for the treatment we recommend and work with you to make your dental costs fit within your budget.