Emergency Dentistry – Abingdon, VA
Relieve Pain & Save Your Smile
Most of us know that if a medical emergency strikes, you should call 911 for immediate help. But what should you do if you have a dental emergency, like a knocked-out tooth or an unbearable toothache? In these situations, we encourage you to call Amburgey Dental right away. Our team can quickly schedule an appointment to get you out of pain. If you find yourself with a sudden dental emergency, the smile-saving emergency dentistry in Abingdon, VA is only a phone call away!
Why Choose Amburgey Dental for Emergency Dentistry?
- Soothing Nitrous Oxide Sedation Available
- Dentist with 15 Years of Experience
- Short Wait Times
How to Handle Common
The best thing to do in the event of a dental emergency is to call a dentist, book an appointment, and go see them as soon as you can. Of course, sometimes you can’t get to a dental office right away. If that’s the case, call us anyway and describe your specific emergency. A member of our team can provide basic tips on how to deal with your emergency until your appointment. That advice might look something like this:
Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and applying a cold compress to the area can temporarily lessen your discomfort. For severe toothaches caused by an infection within the tooth, the most likely solution will be root canal therapy. Fortunately, this procedure is not scary or painful like you may have heard.
Rinse your mouth with water and recover as many pieces of the tooth as you can. If the remaining tooth has a sharp edge, cover it with a piece of dental wax or sugar-free gum to prevent it from injuring the soft tissues in your mouth. We’ll do what we can to save the tooth, but if the trauma is too severe, an extraction may be your best option.
Pick up the tooth by its crown (the part you use to chew). Rinse it with warm water, but do NOT dry it off. The tooth must stay wet to be viable for reattachment. Hold the tooth either in your cheek pocket or a container full of milk. You should get to our dental office within the hour for the best chance at successful replantation.
Locate the restoration and gently rinse it off. Try to place it back on your tooth. A tiny dab of toothpaste or dental wax can act as a temporary adhesive, but you should still visit us for a permanent solution. In the meantime, avoid chewing with that tooth.
How to Prevent
The majority of dental emergencies are the result of small problems snowballing into larger ones over time. To prevent this from occurring, you should brush and floss every day and visit us regularly for checkups and cleanings. Protect your teeth from sudden injuries by wearing a mouthguard whenever you play sports, especially high-contact ones. Also, don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages or chew extremely hard objects such as ice, pen tips, fingernails, etc.
The Cost of Treating
Because there are many different types of dental emergencies, all of with varying levels of severity and required treatment, there is no fixed cost of emergency dental care. When you visit us with an urgent dental problem, our first priority will be getting you out of pain. From there, we can discuss treatment options, including pricing. For patients who are concerned about the cost, we accept all dental insurance plans and offer affordable third-party financing.
Do you experience jaw pain every time you wake up? If so, your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that connects your jaw to your skull might be strained or injured. TMJ disorders don’t always rise to emergency levels, but they should be promptly addressed before the problem worsens. Our preferred approach is a custom-made occlusal splint that gently shifts the jaw’s resting position and prevents the upper and lower teeth from grinding against each other. We may also perform occlusal adjustments so that your teeth come together in the way they should.